MOSSES FROM AN OLD MANSE ... New Edition, Carefully Revised by the Author. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-2] 3  5-286 [287-288: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank]; [1-2] 3  5-297 [298-300: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear of each volume, original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, light yellow endpapers. Second edition, first printings of both volumes. This second edition has text revised by Hawthorne and a tale, "Feathertop; a Moralized Legend," and two sketches added. The second of Hawthorne's three major collections of short fiction published in his lifetime, and the best and most important of the three. Includes a number of classics, "The Birth-Mark," "Young Goodman Brown," "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "The Artist of the Beautiful." The other fantasy stories are "A Select Party," "Mrs. Bullfrog," "The Hall of Fantasy," "The Celestial Railroad," "The New Adam and Eve," "Egotism; or the Bosom Friend," "The Christmas Banquet," "Roger Malvin's Burial," "P.'s Correspondence," "Earth's Holocaust," and "A Virtuoso's Collection." "P.'s Correspondence," appears to be the first American alternate history story. "The darkness of his vision of the human psyche gives to almost everything he wrote, even works which were not supernatural fiction or fantasy, a sense that its protagonists are acting in obedience to the Gothic manipulations of the dead but shaping past, that they can never simply flourish in the here and now. It is in something like this sense that so much of his work seems to have been treated as allegory: his characters are so in bondage to the stories they have been appointed to undergo that they seem to 'stand' in an allegorical relationship to symbolic events, rather than to live them ... In the end, the Hawthorne romance of predetermination casts a long shadow over the American Dream, telling us that we must both dream very hard and surrender absolutely." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 457. "Feathertop" is discussed at length by Attebery, The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature, pp. 44-7. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-16; 1-17; 1-18; and 1-19; (1981) 1-96; and (2004) II-505. Attebery, The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature, pp. pp. 44-47. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-79. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-39. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 777. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1070. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 712. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 551. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 196-99. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1536-43. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 2035-40. Bleiler (1978), p. 96. Reginald 06958. Wright (II) 1138. BAL 7615. Clark A15.3.a. Light wear at spine ends and corner tips, nevertheless a fine copy of an important edition of this major collection of Hawthorne's fiction. A pretty nice copy of a book seldom found in better condition. (#164544).
"NEW EDITION" on title page.