Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1899. First edition. In the Beacon Biographies of Eminent Authors series edited by M. A. DeWolfe Howe. Includes first appearances of many Hawthorne letters. INSCRIBED on half-title page by Fields to Elizabeth Fairchild. The poet and essayist Annie Fields was friends with many literary notables of her day, including Hawthorne. Intricately engraved frontispiece and title page; top edge gilt. Very good with minor rubbing to the edges, most noticeably at the spine ends and corners, still an attractive copy.
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