Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz. Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket. 1860. Hardcover. 60 mounted albumen photographs; xii, 292; xi, 280 &  pages; Two volumes bound in one. Contemporary full vellum, with elaborate gilt-stamped decorations, title stamped in gilt: "THE MARBLE FAUN" (using the American title of Hawthorne's novel, rather than the British title "Transformation" which had also been adopted for this Tauchnitz edition. Pattern printed mounted silk endpapers, edges of the leaves decoratively stained red. The vellum and its gilt-stamping have been marvelously preserved in original freshness by a red fabric dust jacket, lined with paper. This scarce dust jacket does display some wear, with a few spots to the spine, some fraying at the spine ends and two short splits. But it has done its principal job well and the vellum binding is nearly as clean and crisp as new. (There are two tiny 1mm. splits to the rear cap of the spine). Many bibliographical sources have written about the cottage industry which grew up around the sale of copies of this Tauchnitz edition of Hawthorne's novel, handsomely bound and extra-illustrated with original albumen print photographic plates. Professor William B. Todd, in the majesterial history of the Tauchnitz International Editions in English [published with Anne Bowden] states that The Marble Faun / Transformation: "as a useful guide to Rome, is the Tauchnitz book most often found extensively extra-illustrated with photographs and bound in elaborately decorated vellum." This extraordinarly copy has 60 photographs, each mounted to a plain sheet and bound in with the text, including a photographic portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne as frontispiece facing the first title page. As usual, many depict statues and paintings (referred to in the text), but a great number are street scenes around Rome, many with people shown. Professor Todd also asserts that the "Italian binders in this process habitually deletd half-titles." Indeed, this copy has no half titles, and only the final colophon leaf has survived, with the usual statement: PRINTING OFFICE OF THE PUBLISHER. Although Todd notes that all copies retained the 1860 date on the title page, there appear to have been four settings of the type. This copy corresponds to Todd's setting "D" - impression "b." It has more photographs than the typical copy (although copies are known with just over 100 photographs) but what makes it very special is the apparently original dust jacket, which has preserved the binding in nearly perfect original freshness and beauty. The dust jacket has caused a slight fading to the edges of the endpapers in which it has been in contact for over a hundred years. As a demonstration of the highly variable number of photographs in these Tauchnitz editions of Hawthorne's "Transformation" - we can offer another copy, bound in two vellum volumes, with only a single photograph inserted. See our listings elsewhere, or our firm's website. Volumes 515 and 516 in the Tauchnitz series. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 39160)
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