A volume of them, Twice Told Tales, was published in 1837. His first major success was the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850), still the best known of his works.Under President Franklin Pierce, a school friend, he became consul at Liverpool (1853-57). Only belatedly recognized in his own country, he continued to write articles and stories, notably for the Atlantic. Our offering, The Marble Faun, was published in 1860. The novel's central metaphor is a statue of a faun by Praxiteles that Hawthorne had seen in Florence. In the faun's fusing of animal and human characteristcs he seems to find an allegory of good and evil, a theme that had usually been assumed in his earlier works but that now received direct and philosophic treatment. The faun of the novel is Donatello, a passionate young Italian who makes the acquaintance of three American artists, Miriam, Kenyon, and Hilda, who are spending time in Rome.
When Donatello kills a man who has been shadowing Miriam, he is wracked by guilt until he is arrested by the police and imprisoned. Both of the women are tainted by guilt. While not as famous as his other works, the novel is all Hawthorne, with the cloud of his upbringing in Salem and New England ubiquitous on every page. Illustrating our edition, Carl Strauss did what he does best. All of them were carefully etched upon a plate, which was then reproduced in black when printed in our books.
Then all of the etchings were colored by hand. As there are 20 illustrations, and 1500 copies of the edition, the effort involved the coloring of 30,000 pictures, with six colors, some of them with as many as ten! The illustrations have a charm and daintiness about them - I do not mean this to be trite - and the appearance of nineteenth century old fashiionedness. Our printing was performed by Fretz Brothers in Zurich, with an expert designer named Walter Cyliax undertaking that task.
The type is Didot Antiqua, and appears to me to have warmth and just enough irregularity to give it a special charm. The paper, upon which the French type is printed, is a German sheet, especially made at the Zerkall mills. The binding is rather unique: Mr. Cyliax used end papers of a chocolate brown, and the two volumes were bound in tan tweed.
Upon the backs of the volumes, he placed a label of orange cloth, and stamped the title in gold. Adding even more beauty, our designer had the tops of the books gilded.This is copy number 66 of 1500, and is signed by Carl Strauss. The offer includes the elusive four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter.
Try to find one at any price! The offer should appeal to anyone with an interest in American literature, particularly of the 19th century; to serious LEC collectors; and to any reader of noteworthy books that are beautifully made from, the type to the paper to the illustrations and to the binding. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches.Feel free to contact me with any questions. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "629north61ststreet" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.