The House of Seven Gables
Illustrated by Valenti Angelo
First thus, hardback in slipcase. Black faux leather spine with printed titling. 21.5 × 14cm, 413pp + sandglass (the leaflet that originally accompanied the book)
A Gothic novel from Nathaniel Hawthorne. The house of the title is a gloomy New England mansion, haunted since its construction by fraudulent dealings, accusations of witchcraft, and sudden death. The current resident, the dignified but desperately poor Hepzibah Pyncheon, opens a shop in a side room to support her brother Clifford, who is about to leave prison after serving thirty years for murder. She refuses all assistance from her wealthy but unpleasant cousin, Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon. A distant relative, the lively and pretty young Phoebe, turns up and quickly becomes invaluable, charming customers and rousing Clifford from depression. A delicate romance grows between Phoebe and the mysterious attic lodger Holgrave, who is writing a history of the Pyncheon family.
This copy is in very good condition. There is tanning to the slipcase but this has done a good job in protecting the book.