New York & London: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. 8vo (19 x 12.3 cm). [i]-viii, [v]-vi, 179 pages. Complete with half-title and 16-page advertisements at end. Early 20th-century brown half morocco, marbled boards, by the Club Bindery, original printed wrappers bound in. Provenance: Edwin B. Holden (bookplate; his sale American Art Association, 28 April 1920, lot 774, part). Holden formed a very sizable book collection and was an early member and president of the Grolier Club; his bookplate was created by Edwin Davis French (1851-1906), one of the most respected bookplate engravers of his era. Very pale marginal dampstain in lower gutter, but overall a very handsome copy. Item #406571
FIRST EDITION, BAL's Printing A (the title with 4-line copyright and a cancel), wrapper 1 (three works listed under Wiley and Putnam's Library of American Books– including Poe's Tales). Bridge and Hawthorne were classmates at Bowdoin and became lifelong friends, with Bridge at times offering needed encouragement and financial aid. Bridge helped finance the publication of Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales (1837) and gave the proceeds of this popular work, his first, to Hawthorne. Bridge published his Personal Recollections of Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1893. BAL 7597; Clark A14.1.a1.