The Complete Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Autograph Edition with Portraits, Illustrations, and Facsimiles in Twenty-Two Volumes.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1900.
#498 of 500 copies of the Autograph Edition.
Signed by Hawthorne's daughter, Rose Hawthorne, and publisher Houghton Mifflin.
Of the 500 similar sets printed, this set is one of a select few issued with a document signed by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Bound into Volume I is an original document signed on October 26, 1853, by Nathaniel Hawthorne when he was the United States Consul to Liverpool (1853-1857). The document is for receipt of the infamous clipper transport ship, "The Yorkshire" upon its arrival in Liverpool from New York.
To learn about the fascinating backstory of this Consular Document, Hawthorne and "The Yorkshire", see the story "The Tides that Bind" on Barrow Bookstore's YouTube page. Use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arK8-pS48wc or scan the QR code in the photos for this listing.
Missing (alas!) Volume thirteen, this twenty-one volume edition from 1900 offers the complete works (minus the missing The Wonder Book) with the addition of new illustrations from recognized contemporaries, an introduction by the author’s daughter Rose, and bibliographical notes by Mr. H. E. Scudder.
Beautifully bound in three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards; 5 raised bands at spine with decorative gilt in the compartments; top edge gilt, page edges untrimmed. Overall Very Good Condition. Some light rubbing over raised bands on spine, and some bumping to book corners. Gilt is bright and pages crisp and clean. BAL 7645
While volume thirteen is away somewhere unknown in the world living its best life without its set, the twenty one volumes here are gorgeous and contain a piece of both Hawthorne and maritime history complete with a lingering mystery....
Each volume also contains a frontispiece hand signed, in pencil, by the aritst. This particular set includes a colored plate followed by the same image in black and white and signed by the illustrator.
Title of Each Volume and the Illustrator who signed the frontispiece:
I: Twice-Told Tales, Volume I. Ann Whelan Betts. (Also signed in the front by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (Hawthorne's youngest daughter), and publisher Houghton Mifflin).
II: Twice-Told Tales, Volume II. Emlen McConnell
III: The Snow Image and other Twice-Told Tales. Sarah S. Stillwell
IV: Mosses from an Old Manse, Volume I. Jessie Wilcox Smith
V: Mosses from an Old Manse, Volume II. Mary Lewis Ayer
VI: The Scarlet Letter. Eric Pape
VII: The House of the Seven Gables. Maud Cowles
VIII: The Blithedale Romance. Benjamin West Clinedinst
IX: The Marble Faun, Volume I. Alice Barber stephens
X: The Marble Faun, Volume II. Alice Barber Stephens
XI: Our Old House. Ernest C. Peixotto
XII: Grandfather's Chair, Biographical Stories. Frank T. Merrill
MISSING XIII: A Wonder-Book, and Tanglewood Tales. Howard Pyle :-(
XIV: The Dolliver Romance, and Kindred Tales. A.I. Keller
XV: Dr. Grimshawe's Secret. Frederick McCormick
XVI: Fanshawe, Alice Doane's Appeal, The Antique Ring, An Old Woman's Tale, and other uncollected tales. F.C. Yohn
XVII: The Life of Franklin Pierce, Biographical Sketches. Albert Herter
XVIII: American Note Books. Harry Fenn
XIX: Notes of Travel, Volume I. Childe Hassam
XX: Notes of Travel, Volume II. Edmund H. Garrett
XXI: Notes of Travel, Volume III. Jules Guerin
XXII: Notes of Travel, Volume IV. Ross Taylor