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1st Edition, "Our Old Home", N. Hawthorne, 1863

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In 1853 Franklin Pierce became President of the United States and Hawthorne, who had written a campaign biography for him, was appointed the consulship in Liverpool, England. He lived there for four years and spent a year and half in Italy. These essays, based on Hawthorne’s stay in England from 1853 to 1857 as American Consul in Liverpool, were first published in the form of a series of travel articles for The Atlantic Monthly.

In these writings, he displays his humor, his empathetic nature, his pride in his country, and sometimes his sharp judgment of others. He shares with us the difficulties of being a consul in the 1850’s, takes us on a tour with him through rural England and Scotland, shows us the splendors of London, and the horrors of the poverty that so many suffered.

During the Civil War, in his Concord home, “The Wayside”, he wrote the essays contained in Our Old Home (1863). Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, in Plymouth, N.H. on a trip to the mountains with his friend Franklin Pierce.

Description: Hawthorne, Nathaniel. OUR OLD HOME: A SERIES OF ENGLISH SKETCHES. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1863. First state of the first American edition with "myterious" misspelled on page 145. Brown cloth, blind stamped front and rear covers, gilt on spine. The condition of this 150 year old 1st edition is in very nice condition, both inside and out.

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