THE LAUGHING MILL AND OTHER STORIES. London: Macmillan and Co., 1879. Octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii] [1-3] 4-326, rebound in later nineteenth-century three-quarter red leather and marbled boards. First edition. Hawthorne's first collection of short fiction, four stories, including three supernatural tales: "The Laughing Mill," "Calbot's Rival," and "The Christmas Guest, A Myth." The mystery story, "Mrs. Gainsborough's Diamonds," was published separately by Appleton's in 1878. There was no American edition of this selection. Bleiler (1978), p. 96. Reginald 06942. Hubin (1994), p. 384. Ex-Beechworth Public Library copy with their imprint on the spine panel and scattered stamps internally. A sound, good copy of a scarce book. (#149344).
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