Publisher: New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845 [&] New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849.
Edition: First edition, first printing of the Journal of an African Cruiser.
Bibliographical References: Clark A14.1; BAL 7597, printing A.
Condition: Edges rubbed; some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 22441
Description2 vols in 1, 8vo, contemporary black quarter morocco, marbled paper sides, gilt lettering.
Comments¶ Inscribed by Bridge on the half-title: “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 politican and later Supreme Court Justice. Levi Woodbury, as secretary of the treasury, approved Hawthorne's appointment to the post of measurer at the Boston Custom House in1839. Horatio Bridge's importance to Hawthorne's literary career and their friendship has been well documented.