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Transformation or The Romance of Monte Beni

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1860 - Leipzig - Bernard Tauchnitz

6.5" by 4.5"; xii, 292pp, vi, 280pp


 

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A Tauchnitz edition of this major Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Transformation, Or The Romance of Monte Bene was the last of the four major romances by Hawthorne. It is set in a fantastical Italy on the eve of the American Civil War. Thematically and in terms of genre the novel is a mixture of fable, gothic novel, pastoral writing and a travel guide.

The two volumes bound as one.

Christian Bernhard Tauchnitz founded his Leipzig publishing firm in 1837 at the age of 20. His specialism was publishing foreign language books, particularly English. He began his firm at a defining period for English literature, as popular authors were producing a wider range of work in differing genres and forms.

Tauchnitz built a good reputation with many leading British and American authors which lead him to be the principal publisher of English Language books in continental Europe from 1840 to 1940. In some instances authors sent Tauchnitz their proofs in order for them to be published at the same time as the British publisher, or in some cases before. In nineteenth century  Britain, an author's work could be published by several different publishing houses leading to the production of their novels in a variety of formats. By Tauchnitz owning the publishing rights to nearly all the leading British authors for the first time there was a consistent format.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist of the Dark Romantic genre. Much of his writings focus on New England with Puritan inspired allegories. His works often centre on inherent evil and the sin of humanity.

CONDITION

In a half vellum binding with paper covered boards. Externally, smart with patches of rubbing to the paper covered boards, particularly to the rear board. Bumping to the head and tail of spine. Handling marks and fading to vellum spine as expected. Title page to volume I has a closed tear from the top of page at gutter to centre. Internally, generally firmly bound though strained in places. Pages are age toned with instances of light scattered spots. Overall:  VERY GOOD.


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