TALES OF NEW ENGLAND. Sarah Orne Jewett.

TALES OF NEW ENGLAND. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1890. 12mo, pp. [1-7] 8-276 [277-278: blank] [279-282: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original red cloth, printed paper label affixed to spine panel, fore and bottom edges rough untrimmed. First edition. Eight short stories reprinted from earlier collections, by one of the major New England regionalists. Three of them have borderline supernatural content, according to Jessica Amanda Salmonson (writing in her introduction to a selected edition of Jewett's supernatural stories, LADY FERRY AND OTHER UNCANNY PEOPLE, 1998): "Miss Tempy's Watchers" (communication from the dead), "Marsh Rosemary" (weird atmosphere) and "A White Heron" ("... another noted classic crammed full of nature-mysticism ..." -- ibid., p. xvi). Part of this publisher's Riverside Aldine Series, which, as a note in the back of this volume explains, was a project to reprint selections of standard nineteenth-century American authors while emulating the typographic style and excellence of the Aldine editions of fifteenth-century Italy. (The absence of stamping on the cloth was thus an antiquarian touch.) These books, and most if not all of Houghton Mifflin's titles, were printed at the Riverside Press in Cambridge. BAL 10934. Wright (III) 2984. Published about May 1890, an early copy with Penciled signature dated 10 June 1890 on front free endpaper. Spine label a bit tanned and rubbed, a very good copy. (#113393).

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