Montpellier: Fata Morgana, 1979. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine.
Copy 38/50. Text in French and English.Edition of 700. 6 copies hors commerce, 50 copies hand-numbered 1-50 on vergé d'Arches (this copy #38), and 644 on vergé teinté.Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) kept diaries throughout his life, within which he noted ideas for stories and novels. This text comprises forty-five extracts selected by Valery Larbaud from various editions of Passages from the American Note-Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne (first published by Ticknor & Fields in 1868). The American Note-Books date from 1835-1853, closely corresponding to the dates between which he emerged from his 12-year seclusion at his mother's house in Salem, Massachusetts and his departure for Liverpool, England where he served as the American consul. It was during this 18-year period that Hawthorne wrote and published his greatest works, including the stories included in Moses from an Old Manse, and his novels The Scarlet Letter, the House of Seven Gables, and The Blithedale Romance.Full black goat, hand-sewn triple headbands in black, white, and yellow silk. Top edge gilt. Each board covered in a panel of black Japanese paper and onlaid with a design of torn yellow paper. Black leather hinged doublures and flyleaves in yellow paper with torn black paper design. Bound by Christine Giard in 1985. 14.5cm x 22.5cm.