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Whittier’s copy of Hawthorne’s The Snow-Image

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852

Original brown cloth. Some chipping, two gatherings sprung. Morocco case.

John Greenleaf Whittier’s copy of the first edition, with his ownership signature and bookplate. A fine association between two important figures in 19th-century American literature. The Quaker poet and abolitionist would later be best-remembered for his 1866 work Snow-Bound.

The present copy also includes a letter from Samuel T. Pickard, Whittier’s nephew and eventual executor who was also the publisher of spurious excerpts from Hawthorne’s diary in the 1860s.

Provenance: 1. John Greenleaf Whittier, bookplate and signature. 2. Samuel T. Pickard, inscription and accompanying Autograph letter signed to Miss H.D. Richardson. Amesbury, Massachusetts, 1 August 1904. 8 pp letter regarding Whittier’s library, family copies, and this copy of Hawthorne’s Snow-Image.

BAL 7602; Clark A19.1a.