Title TRANSFORMATION: OR THE ROMANCE OF MONTE BENI, IN TWO VOLUMES [THE MARBLE FAUN] Extra-illustrated with 80 mounted albumen photographs
Publisher Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz, 1860.
Seller ID 475
Two volumes. 16mo. 4 1/2 x 6 1/2". Vol. 1 -- [i-v]vi-xii, 292 pp. Vol. 2 ---280 pp. The Copyright Edition. All edges stained red. Red silk ribbon bookmarks. Bound in full parchment (lightly soiled) stamped with gilt and scarlet. Though the title page reads TRANSFORMATION: OR THE ROMANCE OF MONTE BENI, the spine of both volumes reads, MARBLE FAUN, as the title was known in America. Rich chocolate colored endpapers embellished with gilt. This set retains its original red cloth dustjackets and is housed in a matching red cloth slipcase. Both volumes are extra-illustrated with 80 mounted albumen photographs that depict Roman ruins, religious icons, famous works of art, street scenes, and people. TAUCHNITZ: INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS IN ENGLISH, 1841-1855 states that the book sold enough copies to require a fourth setting of plates -- one of only two of the firm's 500 English-language titles ever to do so. One explanation for its popularity is that, with its rich descriptions of Rome, Nathaniel Hawthorne's story or American expatriates in Italy was employed as a guidebook of sorts by tourists. This set, extra-illustrated with photographs, was likely the product of a Roman cottage industry that created such books as souvenirs for American tourists.