Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1860. Two volumes, measuring 7 x 4.5 inches: xiv, 15-283, , 16; 284, . Original full brown ribbed cloth ruled and decorated in blind, spines lettered in gilt, reddish-brown coated endpapers. Publisher’s catalog, dated March 1860, in Volume I. Light wear to cloth, spine ends and corners rubbed, with small loss to head of Volume I. Housed in a custom chemise and slipcase.
First edition, mixed issue, of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s expatriate romance, inspired by his encounter with the Faun of Praxiteles in Rome. The novel follows three American artists in Italy who become entangled with the enigmatic Donatello, Count of Monte Beni: “There was an indefinable characteristic about Donatello that set him outside of rules.” This copy accords, in collation and pagination, with Blanck’s first printing. First issue points: the preface precedes the table of contents in Volume I; “on” is uncorrected to “for” on page 225, line 22, of Volume I; no “Conclusion” in Volume II. Second issue points: page ix of Volume I and page 197 of Volume II unsigned. Second state of the publisher’s catalog, dated March 1860. BAL 7621. A very good copy of a Gothic classic.