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Horatio Bridge edited by Nathaniel Hawthorne  

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Journal of an African Cruiser

[Bridge, Horatio]

New York

Wiley and Putnam



Two volumes in one. Edited by Nathaniel Hawthorne. (8vo) 17.9x11.2 cm (7x4½"), contemporary black quarter morocco over marbled paper, gilt lettering; marbled endpapers. First Edition, First Printing.

Bound with:

  • Lamartine, Alphonse de. Raphael; or, Pages of the Book of Life at Twenty. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849

African Cruiser inscribed by Bridge on the half title. 

Inscription reads "Miss Woodbury / With the Compliments [of] / The Author." The "of" was shaved by the binder. Miss Woodbury was Virginia L. Woodbury, as she has signed her name on the title page of the Lamartine title and dated it January 19, 1850. She was almost certainly one of the four daughters of Levi Woodbury (1789-1851), the prominent New Hampshire politician and later Supreme Court Justice. Live Woodbury as secretary of the treasury approved Hawthorne's appointment to the post of measurer at th Boston Custom House in 1839. Horatio Bridge's importance to Hawthorne's literary career and their friendship has been well documented.

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Edges rubbed; some light foxing; very good.

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