SEPTIMIUS FELTON; OR THE ELIXIR OF LIFE. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-229 [230: blank] [231: ads] [232-234: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], fly leaves at front and rear, original decorated blue cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, black coated endpapers. First U.S. edition. Presumed first printing with "t" at 42.18. Later binding (after 1880) with imprint "HOUGHTON / MIFFLIN & CO." near lower spine end. Young alchemist seeking the elixir of immortality mixes a poisonous substance with disastrous results. "Although Hawthorne was obviously dissatisfied with SEPTIMIUS FELTON, and modern scholars generally regard it without great enthusiasm, it is a fascinating collection of motifs and involved plot strands in the Romantic Gothic tradition." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 779. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-79. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 779. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 714. Bleiler (1978), p. 96. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Wright (II) 1139. BAL 7638. Clark A29.2.a. 1898 gift inscription on front flyleaf. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, hairline crack along inner rear hinge which is still holding tight, a very good copy. (#147982).
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