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The Scarlet Letter

By Hawthorne, Nathaniel




The Scarlet Letter: A Romance (1850) is considered the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'masterwork.' A work of historical fiction set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Puritan settlement of 1642-1949 itells the story of Hester Prynne, who after having a child as a result of an extra-marital affair attempts to live a life of repentance and dignity although she is marked by having to wear a Scarlett A on her person. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

The Scarlett Letter was one of the first mass-produced novels in the United States, prior printing of books generally done by hand. The 2,500 copies first printed sold out in days, and the mass-production of books opened up conversation about books and authors to a wider-audience on a national level. The first edition of The Scarlet Letter sold out in ten days and “made Hawthorne’s fame, changed his fortune and gave to our literature its first symbolic novel a year before the appearance of Melville’s Moby-Dick” (Bradley). Although an instant best-seller, the books sales over fourteen years only brought the author $1500.

First edition identification and notes

First edition published by Ticknor, Reeds and Fields, in Boston 1850. Main first edition marker is "reduplicate" instead of "repudiate" on page 21 Four page publisher's adverts at front dated March 1, 1850 and preceding the free end paper. The brown T-cloth favored by Ticknor & Fields is famous for becoming brittle with age, and cracking or fraying at the spine tips. First editions can run upwards of $20,000.

The second edition adds a preface and has a Metcalf imprint on verso of title-page. The third printing has the same preface but has a Hobart & Robbins imprint on verso of title-page.

Other collectible or notable editions

From Abaa.org Checklist of Hawthorne's first and major editions: 

A note of caution is warranted for this book: Like so many landmark works of literature, this book has been a favorite target of forgers for nearly a century and copies of the second edition are found posing as first editions (with the preface cleverly excised), and copies of first edition sheets are often found recased in the identical bindings that were used on the second, third and later printings.  Prices vary widely with condition, and Hawthorne collectors must compete with "highspot collectors" but most copies in very good unrepaired condition fetch $5,000 or more, and a fine copy can bring more than double that much. A nice copy of the second edition should be under $1,000. -


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Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Nathaniel Hawthorne on a laid in signature. This First Issue book has with the correct ads dated "March 1, 1850 and the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" at line 20 page 21. A wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with light wear to the edges. The boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy SIGNED by the author and housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Hawthorne First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First edition. Original brown cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Faintest wear to two corners, otherwise a fine, truly superior copy, with no wear to the covers, the gilt bright, hinges sound, text block clean and fresh, no restorations. Oct. 1849 catalogue at front, slightly loose. Early ownership stamp (Jno. Hewitt) on title page, pencilled note of "points" on rear endpaper. Chemise and half red morocco slipcase. BAL 7600.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850 First Edition, First Printing with the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" at line 20 page 21 and the correct ads dated "March 1, 1850" A beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with only light wear to the spine edges. The binding is tight, and the pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a superb copy in collector's condition. We buy Hawthorne First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields, 1850 First Edition, First Printing with the correct ads dated "March 1, 1850" and the misprint on page 21. A wonderful unrestored copy bound in the ORGINAL brown cloth from the publisher. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight, with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with an acetate dustjacket to protect the book.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Ticknor and Fields, 1850 First edition, with March, 1850, list of books in the front. Very good, original boards. Housed in a custom-made collector's clam-shell case.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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The Scarlet Letter.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First edition, with 4 pages publisher's advertisements inserted between preliminary blanks, dated March 1, 1850. Octavo, original brown cloth. One of only 2500 copies printed. A near fine example with minor rubbing to the extremities, with the spine gilt title quite bright. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. "The most memorable and original aspect of The Scarlet Letter lies in Hawthorne's portrait of Hester Prynne, who has been described as "the first true heroine of American fiction", a woman whose experience evokes the biblical fate of Eve. Hawthorne's achievement is to make her passion noble, her defiance heartbreaking and her frailty inspiring. She becomes the archetype of the free-thinking American woman grappling with herself and her sexuality in a cold, patriarchal society" (The Guardian). The first edition of The Scarlet Letter sold out in ten days and "made Hawthorne's fame, changed his fortune and gave to our literature its first symbolic novel a year before the appearance of Melville's Moby-Dick" (Bradley).

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First edition. Original brown cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Small area of wear at the base of the spine, corners slightly rubbed, otherwise a fine copy. The gilt is bright, hinges sound, text block clean and fresh. March 1850 catalogue at front, slightly loose. Early ownership signature (Anna B. Greene, Brookfield, May 1850) on title page, chemise and half brown morocco case. BAL 7600.

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The scarlet letter

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor Reed and Fields, 1850. Title in red and black with publisher's ads dated March 1, 1850 between front endpapers. With all first issue points. Original blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine; text lightly toned with a couple of insignificant stains on lower fore-edge of a few leaves. A superb copy, possibly re-cased and preserved in a morocco clamshell box with a scarlet "A" applique on front cover. First edition, first issue of one of the great classic of American literature. Printed in a limited edition of 2500 copies.

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Scarlet Letter

HAWTHORNE Nathaniel

1850. First Edition . HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter, a Romance. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. Octavo, original blind-stamped brown cloth. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. $6500.First edition of Hawthorne’s American classic, one of only 2500 copies printed.""Since 1837, when he had written [the short story] 'Endicott and the Red Cross,' he had often been tormented by a symbol—a scarlet 'A,' worn by an adultress in that tale—which had, at last, worked its way into a full-length book"" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 349). The first edition of The Scarlet Letter sold out in ten days and ""made Hawthorne's fame, changed his fortune and gave to our literature its first symbolic novel a year before the appearance of Melville's Moby-Dick"" (Bradley et al., 652). The novel ""glows with the fire of a suppressed, secret, feverish excitement… a fire that neither wanes nor lessens, but keeps at its original scorching heat for years"" (Allibone I:805). First edition, Clark's typesetting states x2 and a2, no priority established, and all textual points called for. With the four pages of publisher's advertisements dated March 1, 1850, inserted between the front endpapers. Title page with ""SCARLET LETTER"" printed in red-orange ink. Clark A16.1. BAL 7600. This copy belonged to Allie (Alberta) Laighton, a resident of Petersburg, VA, and a relation of poet Albert Laighton, who lived in Portsmouth, NH. Allie was a schoolteacher, and the copious notes penciled on the preliminary blanks and occasional marginal hightlighting in pencil are presumably hers. Owner signature of Lafayette Laighton, presumably Allie's father, on title page; Lafayette Laighton was a shopkeeper in Portsmouth, NH, Albert Laighton's home.Text block neatly recased in original cloth, with front inner paper hinge reinforced. Minor wear to corners and spine ends, a bit of rubbing and staining to covers, as often found, gilt bright. A very good copy in the original cloth with a nice provenance.

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The Scarlet Letter: A Romance.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, Boston, 1850 First Edition, First Issue with the word "reduplicate" for "repudiate" on page 21 and with four pages of ads dated March 1, 1850, inserted in the front. A beautiful copy that is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown cloth with some repair to spine. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Scarlet Letter

HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. Fine. 8vo, rebound in full red levant (large grain) morocco gilt with central letter A stamped in gilt on front cover within ruled border, spine gilt in compartments, gilt turn-ins and marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, by Bayntun Riviere; original brown cloth and advertisements dated March 1st bound in rear; the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" at line 20 page 21; cloth slipcase. first edition, first issue. Contents fresh, no foxing. A beautiful book. BAL 7601.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850 First edition with all first issue points, including catalogue dated March 1, 1850. Octavo, publisher's brown cloth decoratively stamped in blind and letter in gilt at the spine (cloth along rear joint cracked nearly through exposing webbing, rear hinge cracking near bottom and tender, additional rubbing, minor soiling,previous owner's faint writing on front free end paper; a good, unsophisticated copy). Housed in custom-made green cloth clamshell case.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket.

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THE SCARLET LETTER

HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. FIRST EDITION, First Issue, with advertisements dated March 1, 1850, and with the misprint on p. 21, line 20 "reduplicate" for "repudiate.. This is a volume of firsts: the first edition, first issue of Hawthorne's first novel, his first publication for Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, and generally recognized as the first major American novel. Described by Day as "Hawthorne's masterpiece and one of the world's greatest novels," "The Scarlet Letter" probes the nature of sin, guilt, repentance, and salvation. Set in Salem in the early years of the Massachussetts Colony, the story tells of the scarlet "A" (standing for "adultery") embroidered on the dress of Hester Prynne, and the secret "A" searing the heart of her child's father, the seemingly saintly Reverend Dimmesdale. According to ANB, "Hawthorne's tightly plotted, densely symbolic, and psychologically probing story of concealed and revealed sin in seventeenth-century Boston is his most serious work of moral and cultural history. In his day as in ours, readers struggle to understand its main characters in the context of a repressive society. Arguably, Hawthorne's greatest achievement is his heroine Hester Prynne." One of the major figures in the history of literature in the United States, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) was among those who first inspired the idea of "American literature," a national literature that could take its place alongside its well-established European forebears. Probably more than any other writer of stature in 19th century America, Hawthorne combined vivid imagination with careful, structured craft. The press run for this title was 2,500, so the book is not difficult to find for sale, but well-preserved copies in original cloth are quite uncommon now. Consequently, an attractively bound copy like the present one (with original covers and spine bound in) is a desirable alternative. (The book may be purchased without the bag.). 181 x 111 mm. (7 1/8 x 4 3/8"). iv, 322 pp., 4 pp. (ads). FIRST EDITION, First Issue, with advertisements dated March 1, 1850, and with the misprint on p. 21, line 20 "reduplicate" for "repudiate." FINE MODERN DARK BROWN CRUSHED MOROCCO BY BAYNTUN (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with single gilt fillet border, raised bands, spine gilt in single-ruled compartments containing an antique-style letter "A," gilt titling and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Original blindstamped brown cloth covers bound in at rear. Front flyleaf with bookplate of Robert LeGresley. BAL 7600. Leaves a shade less than bright (as in the typical copy), occasional corner creases, isolated spots of mild foxing, otherwise A FINE COPY, the text clean and fresh, and in a pristine binding. This is a volume of firsts: the first edition, first issue of Hawthorne's first novel, his first publication for Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, and generally recognized as the first major American novel. Described by Day as "Hawthorne's masterpiece and one of the world's greatest novels," "The Scarlet Letter" probes the nature of sin, guilt, repentance, and salvation. Set in Salem in the early years of the Massachussetts Colony, the story tells of the scarlet "A" (standing for "adultery") embroidered on the dress of Hester Prynne, and the secret "A" searing the heart of her child's father, the seemingly saintly Reverend Dimmesdale. According to ANB, "Hawthorne's tightly plotted, densely symbolic, and psychologically probing story of concealed and revealed sin in seventeenth-century Boston is his most serious work of moral and cultural history. In his day as in ours, readers struggle to understand its main characters in the context of a repressive society. Arguably, Hawthorne's greatest achievement is his heroine Hester Prynne." One of the major figures in the history of literature in the United States, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) was among those who first inspired the idea of "American literature," a national literature that could take its place alongside its well-established European forebears. Probably more than any other writer of stature in 19th century America, Hawthorne combined vivid imagination with careful, structured craft. The press run for this title was 2,500, so the book is not difficult to find for sale, but well-preserved copies in original cloth are quite uncommon now. Consequently, an attractively bound copy like the present one (with original covers and spine bound in) is a desirable alternative. (The book may be purchased without the bag.).

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The Scarlet Letter

HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. 8vo., (7 x 4 4/8 inches). 4 pages publisher's advertisements dated March 1, 1850 tipped-in between the front endpapers. Title-page printed in red and black. Original brown ribbed cloth covers decorated in blind, spine lettered in gilt (lower outer hinge split, head and foot of the spine chipped with loss, corners worn, a bit shaken); preserved in a blue morocco backed slipcase and chemise Provenance: with the early pencilled inscription of F. Quincy on the front paste-down. First edition, this issue with the second page of "Contents" on page 'iv'; "reduplicate" at line 20, on page 21; "charactress" at line 5, page 41; "Catechism" line 29 at page 132; "known of it" at line 4 at page 199. "The Scarlet Letter" appeared in March 1850, "a story of a proud adulteress sentenced by her stern Puritan judges to wear a scarlet A on her breast, the hypocritical minister who was her lover, her beautiful, unruly child, and her revenge-obsessed husband. Despite Salemites' complaints of being maligned in the introduction and some critics' objections to the novel's "scandalous" subject, it was immediately hailed as a work of genius and America's first major novel. Its sales were brisk. "This first novel, Hawthorne's masterpiece, is an indictment of Puritan America but also of his own society. Its introductory essay, "The Custom-House," purportedly a straightforward account of his experience as surveyor, attacks officials who connived in his dismissal while vindicating himself. Like the novel's heroine, Hester Prynne, Hawthorne confronts a self-righteous society with self-assured dignity" (Rita K. Gollin for ANB). BAL 7600; Clark A16.1; Grolier American 59; Johnson High Spots 38. .

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The Scarlet Letter: A Romance.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, Boston, 1850 First Edition, First Printing with four pages of ads dated March 1, 1850. A wonderful sophisticated copy bound in the publisher's ORIGINAL cloth. The binding is tight with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. An attractive copy in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First edition. Original brown cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Spine dull, frayed at the ends, slight wear to corners, hinges trifle loose; internally mostly fresh and clean. March 1850 catalogue. BAL 7600.

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The Scarlet Letter, a Romance

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First edition (2500 copies printed). iv, 322 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Turn of the 20th century three quarter rose morocco and marbled boards by Stikeman, t.e.g., original spine and covers bound in at the rear. Inserted 4 pp. of adverts dated "March 1 1850." Gilt morocco exlibris of J. P. Morgan on the front pastedown. Spine toned. Finely rebacked. First edition (2500 copies printed). iv, 322 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. The great novel of the Puritan American conscience. Hawthorne's most widely read work, and a book now less accessible in agreeable condition than it was a decade ago. Here in a handsomely bound copy with fine provenance. There are no points of 'issue' for the first printing of this title, contrary to popular parlance, but simple variations (including two settings of gathering 21) and loosening of type in the press run resulting in minute variations of no relevance to questions of "issue" in a proper sense of the term. This copy exhibits Clarke's state x2 of pp. 321-2, and state A2 of pp. ii/iii. Page 21 includes the usual "reduplicate" reading. On the recto of the rear endsheet appears, in pencil: "Wakeman Collection, purchased en bloc." Morgan bought the entirety of Wakeman's primary literary manuscript collection (including his Hawthorne manuscripts, among them the surviving portion of the manuscript of this novel) and it is unclear if this is simply someone's later comment or a related mark of provenance. BAL 7600; Clarke A16.1; Grolier American Hundred 59. Provenance: J.P. Morgan (exlibris, pencil shelfmark; deaccessioned)

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The Scarlet Letter; A Romance

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First Edition, First Issue. Cloth. Very good. Octavo, 322pp. Publishers brown cloth bindings, gilt title on spine, imprint on covers. Expertly rebound over new boards, spine, endpapers. Advertisements dated March 1, 1850. First edition of 2500 copies printed, with "reduplicate" instead of "repudiate" on page 21. Custom clamshell case, with red morocco spine, gilt title, raised bands. An extremely attractive presentation of this important work of historical fiction.

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The Scarlet Letter.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First edition, with 4 pages publisher's advertisements inserted between preliminary blanks, dated March 1, 1850. Octavo, original brown cloth. One of only 2500 copies printed. A very good example with to the extremities, rebacked with some rubbing to the bottom of the cloth and short splits along front joint. Housed in a custom clamshell box. "The most memorable and original aspect of The Scarlet Letter lies in Hawthorne's portrait of Hester Prynne, who has been described as "the first true heroine of American fiction", a woman whose experience evokes the biblical fate of Eve. Hawthorne's achievement is to make her passion noble, her defiance heartbreaking and her frailty inspiring. She becomes the archetype of the free-thinking American woman grappling with herself and her sexuality in a cold, patriarchal society" (The Guardian). The first edition of The Scarlet Letter sold out in ten days and "made Hawthorne's fame, changed his fortune and gave to our literature its first symbolic novel a year before the appearance of Melville's Moby-Dick" (Bradley).

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First Edition. Near Fine. First edition, first issue with uncorrected errors: "reduplicate" for "repudiate" on line 20 of page 21; "characterss" page 41, line 5; "Chatechism" page 132, line 29; and "known of it" page 199, line 4. In a lovely, near-contemporary half-leather over marbled paper binding, bound without ads. One of the most widely printed and acclaimed American novels of all time, a historical revisitation of Puritan Massachusetts.

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The Scarlet Letter,

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel.

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields,, 1850. a Romance. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. First edition, first issue: with the advertisements dated "March 1, 1850" and the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" at line 20 page 21.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first issue with uncorrected errors: "reduplicate" for "repudiate" on line 20 of page 21; "characterss" page 41, line 5; "Chatechism" page 132, line 29; and "known of it" page 199, line 4; with publisher's catalogue at front dated March 1, 1850. Bound in publisher's brown cloth, with spine rebacked. Corners rubbed though, and staining to covers. Pages show foxing and age-spotting, and occasional creased corners. One of the most widely printed and acclaimed American novels of all time, a historical revisitation of Puritan Massachusetts.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850 First Edition, First Printing with the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" in line 20, page 21. This book also has the correct ads dated March 1, 1850. The book has been re-backed on the spine using the original publisher's brown cloth with some restoration. The boards of the book are original with light wear. The pages are clean with new endpapers and minor wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a very good copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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The Scarlet Letter

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (1804-1864)

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. First edition, with Hawthorne's signature bound in. Bound without the ads, a few touches to joints and tips. 8vo (177 x 112 mm; 7 x 4½ in.). 322 pages. Title-page printed in red and black. Red morocco gilt by P. B. Sanford, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in two, a repeated leafy block in the rest, two triple-fillet panels on the sides, turn-ins gilt, top edges gilt; original cloth covers and spine bound in at end. Provenance: Alfred Nathan (morocco bookplate); with Inman's (1975 slip laid-in). Bound without the ads, a fine copy with a few minor touches to joints and corners. A very attractive copy of this landmark American novel, with a document bearing the author's signature bound in: inlaid to size in a sheet facing the title is Hawthorne's signature as customs examiner. From 1839, Hawthorne worked for three years as a weigher and gauger at the Boston Customs House. He was then living in a rented room, and furtively writing in what he called the home's "owl's nest" when not consumed with his bureaucratic duties at work. Of this period in his life he wrote to Longfellow, "I have not lived, but only dreamed about living." Hawthorne left Boston in 1841 to join the utopian community at Brook Farm (mainly to save money in order to marry, not due to any sense of affinity with the social ideals of the place). Hawthorne titled his introduction to The Scarlet Letter the custom-house and writes of his three years' employment there, making several allusions to local politicians. The inclusion of a signed document from this period in the author's early career is thus an appropriate and evocative enhancement. BAL 7600; Clark A16.1; Grolier American 59. .

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Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields. Very Good. 1850. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Dark brown morocco and original cloth. Rebacked recently with leather, five raised bands. On the spine there is gilt lettering title and author on red leather in separate compartments. First issue with the March, 1850 ads at the front, "reduplicate" for "repudiate" on line 20 of page 21; "characterss" on page 41, line 5; "Chatechism" on page 132, line 29; and "known of it" on page 199, line 4. Early owner name and 1851 in pencil to the front free endpaper. Small label to the front pastedown. Corners with slight wear and boards just showing. Very tight. Text without foxing or marking. There is some foxing to the ads. Quite clean. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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The Scarlet Letter: A Romance

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel

New York, Privately Printed, 1904., 1904. Large 8vo. Illustrated with 15 plates in two states, colored and uncolored by A. Robandi and C. Graham; 30 plates in all. Full contemporary red morocco with elaborate gilt stamped design of scrolling, small flowers and ruling; marbled endpapers. Fine. Bookplate of . on the front pastedown. One of 125 copies on Imperial Japan paper.. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.

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The Scarlet Letter; A Romance

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First Edition, First Issue. Cloth. Fair. Octavo, iv, 322pp. Publishers brown cloth bindings, gilt title on spine, imprint on covers. Advertisements dated March 1, 1850. First edition of 2500 copies printed, with "reduplicate" instead of "repudiate" on page 21. Heavy wear to spine and covers. Chipping to spine with spine cloth showing at places. Bumped corners and shelf wear. Water stain to title page and front end paper. Occasional foxing, but overall clean and not affecting text. This copy is an excellent candidate for expert bindery repair.

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The Scarlet Letter.

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel.

New York: privately printed,, 1904. A Romance Literally Reprinted from the First Edition. With fifteen original colored illustrations by A. Robaudi and C. Graham. Large octavo (259 x 176 mm). Contemporary binding by Zaehnsdorf for Brentano's (New York), in brown crushed morocco with red onlay, covers with central panel in gilt infilled with stylized flower and leaf tools, spine lettered in gilt with flower ornaments in compartments, brown silk endpapers, gilt ruled edges, inner dentelles and top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Frontispiece and 14 plates all in two states, coloured and uncoloured, with printed tissue guards; 30 plates in all. Spine a little rubbed; an excellent copy, internally fine. Special limited edition, one of only 125 copies printed on Japanese imperial paper (one copy was printed on vellum).

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The Scarlet Letter (Transatlantic Classics Collect)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Atlantic Publishing, Croxley Green. PAPERBACK. B008SLOZ68 . New.

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The Scarlet Letter (Transatlantic Classics Collect)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Atlantic Publishing, Croxley Green. PAPERBACK. B008SLOZ68 . New.

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The Scarlet Letter (Transatlantic Classics Collect)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Atlantic Publishing, Croxley Green. PAPERBACK. B008SLOZ68 Remainder mark . Fine.

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The Scarlet Letter (Transatlantic Classics Collect)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Atlantic Publishing, Croxley Green. PAPERBACK. B008SLOZ68 signs of little wear on the cover. . Very Good.

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The Scarlet Letter (Transatlantic Classics Collect)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Atlantic Publishing, Croxley Green. PAPERBACK. B008SLOZ68 Minor shelf wear . Very Good.

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The Scarlet Letter (Transatlantic Classics Collect)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Atlantic Publishing, Croxley Green. PAPERBACK. B008SLOZ68 Remainder mark . Fine.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1850. Second Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Second Edition. Metcalf & Company imprint at bottom of copyright page, two page author preface, "The Custom-House - Introductory" present, but lacking the first page of adverts, therefore rendered undated but still identifiable as a second edition. In Very Good condition, with wear commensurate with age. Cloth shows a few spots to the front board, light mottling with age. Chipping to cloth at spine ends. Gilt stamping to spine is pleasantly bright. Front hinge appears repaired. Previous owner name on front end paper. Prelims show light staining. Pages show light occasional foxing, but are surprisingly bright. A lovely, unrestored copy.

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The Scarlet Letter (The Canon Classics Edition)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Canon Press. PERFECT PAPERBACK. 1591281989 Meets the good condition guidelines. Has some writing/highlighting. Has wear. Five star seller - Buy with confidence! . Good.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

BookSurge Classics. PAPERBACK. B002AJFEUA Very Good Condition. Has some wear. Five star seller - Buy with confidence! . Very Good.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

BookSurge Classics. PAPERBACK. B002AJFEUA Meets the good condition guidelines. Has wear. Five star seller - Buy with confidence! . Good.

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The Scarlet Letter

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel

Boston: Samuel Cassino, 1892. hardcover. near fine. Many illustrations by H.P. Barnes. 2 volumes, 8vo, bound in 3/4 blue polished calf, ornately gilt spines, burgundy leather spine labels, marbled boards, top edges gilt.Boston: Samuel Cassino, 1892. Near Fine.

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The Scarlet Letter: A Romance

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel

London: Charles Clarke. hardcover. very good(+). Illustrated by Miss M.E. Dear. 8vo, 1/2 red leather, marbled end-papers, gilt spine with leather labels. London: Charles Clarke, n.d. (ca. 1860). First illustrated edition.

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The Scarlet Letter; A Romance

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. Second edition. Slight lean; few internal marks and smudges; a pair of early ownership inscriptions; shelf rubbed and with wear to head and heel of spine. 8vo, 322pp, publisher's ads (May 1850) in front; brown cloth. Includes a new two-page preface by the author. With Metcalf on copyright page and ads dated May 1850.

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The Scarlet Letter

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel

New York: Grabhorn, 1928. Limited. hardcover. very good(+). Angelo, Valenti. Color woodblock illustrated by Valenti Angelo. 362pp. 8vo, rebound in full orange leather. New York: Grabhorn Press, 1928. Leather on spine and top of front cover is slightly faded, still a very good(+) copy. Limited Edition, one of 980 numbered copies.

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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Heritage Press. Used - Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.

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THE SCARLET LETTER.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel.

4to. Custom half leather binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with blue leather spine & fore edges, blue cloth covered boards. Raised bands, tooled in gilt. Top edge gilt. Marbled end papers. Original blue cloth binding material bound in at rear of book. First illustrated edition. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Minor fading to hinges, some pages foxed, else in fine condition.

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SCARLET LETTER.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel.

NY: Grolier Club, 1908. Hard Cover. Illust by George H. Houghton with 13 plates in two states, the second in color. Tall 4to 325 pgs. Pages uncut. One of a Limited Edition of 300 copies printed on French hand-made paper. Brown cloth over tan boards. Fine condition in a good to poor slip case

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The Scarlet Letter

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel [illustr. Hugh THOMSON]

London: Methuen and co., 1920. First Thomson Illustrated Edition. Bound in recent red half morocco over red cloth, with raised bands and gilt titles to spine. Profusely illustrated with 32 tipped in colour plates. Publisher's original cloth front board and spine bound in at rear. Binding is tight and shows no signs of wear. Internally clean, with no signs of spotting or fading. A very attractive and suitably vivid copy of a tale of repentence, repression and guilt in seventeenth century Boston. Considered an American classic.

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The Scarlet Letter.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel.

Privately Printed, New York: 1904. One of 125 copies. Fine in cloth chemise. Fifteen full page illustrations by A. Robaudi & C. Graham each in two states, hand-colored and black & white.

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The Scarlet Letter (Adaptation) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Turtleback, 2001-01-01. School & Library Binding. Good.

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Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

2009-01-06. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $341.12