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HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel] WEBBER, C[HARLES] W[ILKINS]
The Hunter-Naturalist. Romance of Sporting; or, Wild Scenes and Wild Hunters
Lippincott, Grambo & Co, Philadelphia, 1852. Large 8vo, 5 chromolithograph plates (4 by Alfred Jacob Miller), 1 steel-engraved plate, numerous wood-engraved illustrations, original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers panelled in blind. First published in 1851, and notable as the first American work to contain chromolithographic illustrations, this second Lippincott printing [of the second 1852 edition] printed "Miller pinx't" underneath the plates after Alfred Jacob Miller. This same printing features a black line border in the margins around the text - Tyler, Ron, ed.,Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail, Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum, p. 448. Howes W196. Skillfully re-backed with original spine laid down and gilt spine-lettering refreshed, light to moderate foxing to prelims, frontispiece (heavier on verso), and terminal leaves (few marginal foxmarks on plates), a very few leaves, with one or two short, closed marginal tears, otherwise a fine copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Nathaniel Hawthorne on the front free endpaper: "To Nathaniel Hawthorne / by the author / C. W. Webber" and bearing Hawthorne's presentation to his English friend Henry Arthur Bright beneath: "Mr H. A. Bright, / from Nathl Hawthorne." Webber had published a favorable review of Mosses from an Old Manse in the American Whig Review (Sept. 1846), and Hawthorne praised The Hunter-Naturalist in the Boston Daily Advertiser (10 Dec. 1851), while privately expressing his misgivings: "I doubt whether the poor fellow succeeds, after all. His object is not definite enough fo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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