• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 66

    [HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel and Herman MELVILLE]. -- GREY, Thomas de. The Compleat Horse-Man, and Expert Ferrier. In Two Books... The Fourth Edition. London: E.C. and A.C. for Samuel Lowndes, 1670.

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    [HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel and Herman MELVILLE]. -- GREY, Thomas de. The Compleat Horse-Man, and Expert Ferrier. In Two Books... The Fourth Edition. London: E.C. and A.C. for Samuel Lowndes, 1670.

    4o (194 x 142 mm). (Lacking text leaves at end, fore-margins of a few leaves chipped, some soiling.) Contemporary calf (joints broken, wear at corners); cloth slipcase.

    Provenance: NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE (1804-1864, signature on dedication leaf dated 1832, with note under the imprint "1832" calculating the difference in years to "162", gift "To:"); HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-91, signature beneath Hawthorne's dated 1851); Richard Manning, Raymond, Maine, Hawthorne's uncle (bookplate); Carroll Atwood Wilson (bookplate; sold Parke Bernet, 25 January 1945, described in his Thirteen Author Collections of the Nineteenth Century and Five Centuries of Familiar Quotations, vol. I, p. 153); Edward Newman Horn (bookplate; his sale Parke-Bernet, 14 May 1968, lot 246.).

    AN OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION COPY, GIVEN BY HAWTHORNE TO MELVILLE IN 1851, THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION OF 'MOBY DICK'. The importance of the relationship developed between Melville and Hawthorne after Melville moved to the Berkshires in the late 1840s cannot be overstated. Traditionally a solitary figure, Melville was encouraged and inspired by Hawthorne, who he was able to visit in nearby Lenox from his farm in Arrowhead. When they met on 5 August 1850 at a picnic hosted by a mutual friend, Melville had just read Mosses from an Old Manse, Hawthorne's latest collection of stories. Melville reviewed the collection anonymously in Literary World several weeks later. This key period produced Melville's masterpiece, Moby Dick, which he dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne: "In Token of My Admiration for His Genius," and Hawthorne's great work of the same year, The House of the Seven Gables. Knowing Melville was not a serious farmer, but trying to maintain Arrowhead as a working farm, Hawthorne presumably gave his friend this book on ferriering nearly twenty years after acquiring it himself. Not in Sealts, Melville's Reading. A SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY.


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