IDOLATRY: A ROMANCE. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1874. 12mo, pp. [i-iii] iv  6  8-372, flyleaves at front and rear, original pictorial green bevel-edged cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind , brown coated endpapers. First edition. Hawthorne's uncommon second novel, a weird fantasy with Byronic hero and dark priestly villain, enchanted rings, tombs and crypts in a strange house on the New Jersey Palisades, immurement, incest, murder and revenge. Bassan, Hawthorne's Son: The Life and Literary Career of Julian Hawthorne, pp. 92-98. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, pp. 456-7. Wright (II) 1133. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Not in Hubin (1994). Cloth worn and a bit frayed at spine ends and corner tips, shallow loss at upper spine end, edges of text block tanned, a sound good or better copy. (#147160).
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