Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields, 1851.
First edition. Finely bound by Bayntun in three-quarter dark turquoise morocco and blue marbled paper with five raised bands to spine, decorated and lettered in gilt, pale pink and blue endpapers, all edges gilt. A very good copy, spine toned and with some wear to extremities, particularly the front hinge, offsetting to edges of free endpapers, small black ink line to rear pastedown, text block very clean. Overall, a beautiful copy. The House of the Seven Gables is a Gothic novel, inspired by Hawthorne's cousin Susanna Ingersoll's house with seven gables in Salem, Massachusetts, and his ancestor's involvement in the Salem witch trials. The plot features an archetypal New England family, the Pyncheons, who live in the seven-gabled house, which has been haunted since its construction. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne explores class-related issues and the pursuit of wealth, peppered with hints of the supernatural. Although the novel is set in Hawthorne's time, The House of the Seven Gables provides insight into earlier years by exploring the house's history. Today, the house is a museum in Salem.