[PIERCE, FRANKLIN]. HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields, 1852.  2-4 [ads], [1-3] 4-144 pp., steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Pierce. 12mo (18.7 x 12 cm), original dark olive green embossed cloth, spine gilt lettered, yellow-coated endpapers. Except for light, scattered foxing, fine.
First edition. BAL 7612 (state A of binding and state B of ads; no priority). Clark, Hawthorne A21.1.a,b,c. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 219. Sabin 30992. Tutorow 3835: “A campaign biography that made Pierce a military hero in the Mexican War.”
Pierce’s activities during the war are covered extensively on pp. 66-108. Pierce, a general, landed at Veracruz and went with the army all the way to final victory at Mexico City. The author and Pierce had been friends for years.