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Julian Hawthorne was the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne and also a writer. He authored 'Bressant' and a number of other fiction and non-fiction works. I believe this to be the second printing of this two volume biography. It is dated 1885 on the title page and 1884 on the copyright page. The books are in at least very good condition. The books have very lightly bumped corners except for the rear board of volume two. There is slight toning to the text but it is quite light and there is no foxing. The spines show some shelf-wear at the tops and the bottoms. There are some very small chips to the labels which are written and decorated in gilt. There is a previous owner's name on the ffep of volume one. It is written lightly and it is quite old. There is also the same name written on the first blank page of volume two. Each volume is in its own mylar wrapper. All-in-all this is a very respectable set. It is fascinating to read Julian's perspective of his father as he was growing up. The biography has a mixed reputation. Parts of the work are inaccurate, sensational, and perhaps even falsified. However, without this book much information about Nathaniel Hawthorne would have been lost. This is a similar situation to the Sir Walter Scott biography written by his son-in-law John Lockhart. The biography is very important but not without large errors. Nevertheless this wonderful two volume set is an important and interesting read.