TWICE-TOLD TALES. Boston: American Stationers Co. John B. Russell, 1837. 12mo, pp. [1-4: ads] [5-11] 12-334 [335-336: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank] + 16-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, original brown cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. 1000 copies printed. TWICE-TOLD TALES (1837; expanded 1842), the first of Hawthorne's three major collections of short fiction published in his lifetime, is a collection of sketches and tales, mostly allegories and moralistic fantasies including "The Gray Champion," "The Wedding Knell," "The Minister's Black Veil," "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe," "Wakefield," "The Great Carbuncle," "The Prophetic Pictures," "The Hollow of the Three Hills," "Fancy's Show Box," and "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment." Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-79. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 1-58; 1-59; 1-60. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 776. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1069. Grolier Club, One Hundred Influential American Books Printed Before 1900 44. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 196-99. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1536-43. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-47. Bleiler (1978), p. 96. Reginald 06961. Wright (I) 1149. BAL 7581. Clark A 2.1. Light wear to spine ends and corner tips, cloth a bit faded, stain to front cover, short split in front outer joint, scattered foxing to text and endpapers, stains to fore-edge margins of pages early and late, a good copy. (#153276).
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