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TRUE STORIES FROM HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY. by Hawthorne Nathaniel - First Edition - 1851. - from Buddenbrooks, Inc. and


by Hawthorne Nathaniel

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Boston,: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1851.. First Edition, First Issue. B.A.L.7655. 12mo,, publisher's original decorated red cloth, enclosed in a morocco slipcase box. Uncommonly fine and fresh being the Henry W. Poor copy (of Standards & Poor) with his attractive bookplate. Minor edge tear to the bottom of the title page and a little light rubbing only. UNCOMMON HAWTHORNE FIRST EDITION. This collection of stories compiled many works that had stood the test of time which Hawthorne wished to offer at an affordable price in a single attractive volume so that everyone could enjoy them. It is comprised of the whole "History of Grandfather's Chair", which is complete in three parts. "Grandfather's Chair" was a pioneering example of historical nonfiction for children. Framed by a narrative in which Grandfather tells four Hawthorne grandchildren the adventures of the old English chair on which he sits, it traces the founding of Massachusetts from the Puritan settlement of Salem and Boston through the Revolutionary era. The "substantial and homely reality" of Grandfather's fireside chair unifies these "true stories," since individuals associated with the founding of the republic ranging from Anne Hutchinson to George Washington are somehow made to sit in, own, or act within the hearing of this sturdy oaken artifact.
The biographical stories are of: Benjamin West, Sir Isaac Newton, Samuel Johnson, Oliver Cromwell, Benjamin Franklin and Queen Christina.


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