being A Second Wonder-Book. With [Six] Fine Illustrations. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1853. 8 pp preliminary ads dated August 1853. Original blind-stamped blue cloth with gilt-decorated spine.
First American Edition, first printing, published in the month following the English edition. This is Hawthorne's collection of mythological tales (the Golden Fleece, the Minotaur, etc.) re-told "for Girls and Boys."
There were two printings dated 1853: 3000 copies printed in August or earlier but not issued until September 20th, plus another 800 copies printed on September 16th -- before any copies had been issued. (Ticknor delayed publication to permit Chapman & Hall to publish first, for copyright purposes.) The second printing is identifiable by the addition of George C. Rand's imprint on the copyright page -- not present here.
This copy has preliminary ads dated August 1853, where this title is listed without a price and as "Just out"; we have seen first-printing copies with ads dated July or August, or with no ads, and we have seen second-printing copies with ads dated October. It is in blue cloth (one of several colors used, without precedence).
Condition is bright and near-fine (scarcely any wear, occasional foxing most evident on the ad leaves, the lower edge of the title leaf "naturally" ragged). Clark A22.2.b; see Blanck 7614; Peter Parley to Penrod p. 10. Item #15288