Sale 22SC02 | Lot 61

HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL Fanshawe, A Tale.

Catalogue: Selections from the Private Collection of Barbara and Ira Lipman
HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL  Fanshawe, A Tale.

Lot Details

Lot 61
HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL Fanshawe, A Tale.
Boston: Putnam and Hunt for Marsh & Capen, 1828. First edition of the author's first book, with fine provenance. Original brown paper boards backed with purple muslin with printed paper spine label, housed in a green morocco pull off case. 7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches (29 x 12 cm); 141 pp., with original blanks. An unrestored copy in original condition. The boards with old stains and spotting, the text block detaching from spine, the endpapers loose, some spotting to text worst at the upper extremity of a few leaves, the pastedown with two booklabels and one bookplate, see note.

Provenance: Frank Maier, with his bookplate to pastedown; Corlandt Bishop, with his booklabel to pastedown, sold in his sale Anderson, 8 April 1938, lot 967; laid-in is a typed note signed from David Randall, then head of Scribner's rare books division, describing the superiority of this copy, providing prices of other copies sold from 1925-1938, and advising against restoration; John Insley Blair, with his "Blairhame" booklabel to pastedown; this copy sold Christie's New York, 13 December 2016, lot 221

An exceedingly rare unrestored first edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's first book, with very fine provenance. Written while a student at Bowdoin, the work sold poorly and a warehouse fire destroyed many copies. Hawthorne is known to have destroyed all unsold copies and other copies he could recover, he later even denied writing the book. At the time of the Cortlandt Bishop auction in 1938, this copy was described as "probably the finest copy known." We trace few copies at auction. BAL 7570; Clark A1.1


C Private Collection of Barbara and Ira Lipman

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $20,160 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $20,160 (includes buyer's premium)

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