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A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys by  Nathaniel Hawthorne - First edition, first issue with no ads - 1852 - from James Cummins Bookseller (SKU: 212602)

A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys

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A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852. First edition, first issue with no ads. Frontispiece and 6 engraved plates by Baker from designs by Billings. vi, [7]-256 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Original blind stamped blue cloth. Faintest traces of rubbing to the spine, one small patch of soiling. Gilt titles fresh. Very nice, clean copy. First edition, first issue with no ads. Frontispiece and 6 engraved plates by Baker from designs by Billings. vi, [7]-256 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. A very nice copy of Hawthorne's most famous children's book, with "The Gorgon's Head", "Three Golden Apples", etc. BAL 7606; Peter Parley to Penrod

Synopsis

Hawthorne made it his ambition to be a writer as a teenager, he graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years traveling New England writing short stories before creating The Scarlet Letter. He wrote A Wonder-Book between April and July 1851, freely adapting six legends from Charles Anton's A Classical Dictionary . He set out deliberately to 'modernize' the stories, freeing them from 'cold moonshine' and using a romantic, readable style. This was criticized by adults but proved universally popular with children.  The stories in A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys are all stories within a story. The frame being that a Williams College student, Eustace Bright, is telling these tales to a group of children at Tanglewood, an area in Lenox, Massachusetts, where Hawthorne lived for a time. A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys covers the myths of: The Gorgon's Head - the story of Perseus killing Medusa at the request of the king of the island, Polydectes. The Golden Touch - the story of King Midas and his "Golden Touch". The Paradise of Children - the story of Pandora opening the box filled with all of mankind's Troubles. The Three Golden Apples - the story of Heracles procuring the Three Golden Apples from the Hesperides' orchard, with the help of Atlas. The Miraculous Pitcher - the story of Baucis and Philemon providing food and shelter to two strangers who were Zeus and "Quicksilver" (Hermes) in disguise. Baucis and Philemon were rewarded by the gods for their kindness; they were promised never to live apart from one another. The Chimæra - the story of Bellerophon taming Pegasus and killing the Chimæra.

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James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
212602
Title
A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys
Author
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Format/binding
Frontispiece and 6 engraved plates by Baker from designs by Billings. vi, [7]-256 pp. 1 vols. 12mo
Book condition
Used - Original blind stamped blue cloth. Faintest traces of rubbing to the spine, one small patch of soiling. Gilt titles fresh. Very
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First edition, first issue with no ads
Publisher
Ticknor, Reed and Fields
Place of Publication
Boston
Date Published
1852
Keywords
Children's Books | American | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Literature;

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