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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

Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields, 1850 First edition, first printing. Finely bound by Bayntun-Rivière in crushed red morocco, spine lettered and ruled in gilt with ornate gilt "A" in each compartment, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins and red decorated endpaper. Publisher's catalog dated March 1, 1850 and original cloth bound at the rear. A fine copy house in a custom cloth slipcase. BAL 7600. The Scarlet Letter is set in the author's hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, in the early 17th century, just before the onset of the infamous Salem witch trials. The novel features Hester Prynne, an adulteress facing the shame and judgment of her Puritan community. In addition to officially sanctioned public humiliation, Prynne must wear a scarlet "A" pinned to her chest as a symbol of her transgression. After being released from prison, Prynne is exiled from her church and community, and she is forced to raise her daughter, the product of her adulterous relationship, and continue her work of helping the poor in solitude. Through the juxtaposition of Prynne's social condemnation and her charitable endeavors, Hawthorne explores the themes of guilt, sin, and Puritanism. Interestingly, The Scarlet Letter was published before Hawthorne achieved literary success, as indicated by his inclusion of his introductory essay "The Custom-House," in which the author chronicles his years working in Salem prior to writing The Scarlet Letter. This essay was met with harsh criticism from his local community, prompting the inclusion of a preface in subsequent editions in which Hawthorne defends "The Custom-House," which he says "could not have been done in a better or a kindlier spirit, nor, so far as his abilities availed, with a livelier effect of truth.". First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine.

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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 & FIELDS.. Good with no dust jacket. 1850. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. First edition. Re-cased 'First' issue in original brown cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. One of 2500 copies printed. A solidly good copy, with traces of shallow damping along upper upper & bottom edge of spine. Gilt on spine still reasonable bright. Wear appparent at corners & edges. Contents essentially clean, with some discernable soiling at margins. Publisher's March 1st. , 1850 ads at front of text. All 'First' issue points present. (P.21-line 20: "reduplicate" for "Repudiate" p.41/5 "Characterss" p. 100/2: "mortal" for "moral" p. 102/22: "tobelieve" p.132/29: "catechism" for "catechisms" p.142/23: "heaven" for "heavenly" p. 189/23: "said" for "answered" 199/4: "known of it". Number "21" printed below "there" at foot of page. A few instances of light underlining. ) An acceptably nice copy of an American classic. (B); 322 pages .

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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.

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. 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

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

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, A ROMANCE

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. First Edition, First Issue. Hardcover. Octavo, 4, [4], iv, 322 pages; VG; bound in publisher's decorated brown cloth, gilt titling to spine, rebacked with spine preserved; housed in a custom full light brown calf clamshell, paneled spine with gilt titling, some rubbing and sun-fading; First Issue, with the word "reduplicate" on page 21, characterss" on page 41; "Catechism" on page 132, "known of it" on page 199, and with the four pages of advertisements dated March 1, 1850; title page has title in red, rest black; MF consignment; shelved case 3. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.

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THE SCARLET LETTER A ROMANCE

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. Brown cloth, lettered in gilt, stamped in blind. Edgeworn, rebacked with original backstrip laid down and front inner hinge reinforced, collector's bookplate on front pastedown, some soiling and paper residue on rear endsheets, catalogue (1 March) tanned, some occasional old and somewhat obnoxious discolorations in margins and at fore-edge. Just an average copy. First edition (2500 copies printed). There are no points of 'issue' for 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 x1 of pp. 321/2, and state X2 of pp. ii/iii. Hawthorne's most widely read work, and a book now less accessible in agreeable condition than it was a decade ago, when this copy would likely have not garnered a second glance. BAL 7600. CLARK A16.1. GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED 59. WRIGHT I:1146.

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THE SCARLET LETTER.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

London: Charles H. Clarke, 1859. Book. Very good condition. Hardcover. First thus edition. Octavo (8vo). 288 pages. First illustrated edition, without a date but printed in 1859. Bound in full maroon leather signed "F.C." and with two-color inlays on the front cover of lotus leaves, buds and flowers and a dragonfly. There are three small indentations on the spine, which are slightly darkened. This Art Nouveau binding is otherwise minimally shelfworn. With illustrations by Miss M.E. Dear. Minor soiling scattered lightly throughout the text, and a few tiny bumps or creases to a few corners. The front flyleaves are soiled and one has a crease. The final signature (gathering of pages) is just starting to loosen from the binding. The text begins with "The Custom-House. Introductory to 'The Scarlet Letter'". First illustrated edition..

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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

Nathaniel Hawthorne

LRS, 2000. Hardcover. Acceptable. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.

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The Scarlet Letter.

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel.

New York: privately printed,, 1904. 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, A Romance

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. Second Edition, first printing, with the Hobart & Robbins imprint on copyright page. 4 pages of Ads dated March 1, 1850. vi, 322pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original brown cloth, some rubbing at head and tail of spine. Very good plus. Second Edition, first printing, with the Hobart & Robbins imprint on copyright page. 4 pages of Ads dated March 1, 1850. vi, 322pp. 1 vols. 8vo. SECOND EDITION. With new preface "Preface to the Second Edition" dated March 30, 1850." Clark A16.3.b; BAL 7601; Grolier One Hundred, No. 59 (first edition)

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The Scarlet Letter; A Romance (Fine Binding)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

London, N.D. (1859): Charles H. Clarke No date, (1859). Illustrations throughout by Miss M.E. Dear. An uncommon early British edition of Hawthorne's classic American novel, Note in ink front end page states "rebound July 28, 1898", a fine late 19th c. binding of half red crushed morocco over marbled boards, five raised bands with polshed red labels, gilt lettering, rules, and decorations, marbled end papers, top edge gilt. Near Fine, small rubs at spine and corners and light shelf rubs, an early seller's catalog listing pasted in front end page showing date of publication as 1859, pencil dates of 1859 and 1866 title page and frontis. A quite lovely copy of this illustrated edition, appropriately bound in red. . Later British Edition . Half Morocco. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

CSP Classic Texts. Used - Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.

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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

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. PAPERBACK. 1497364809 Good Condition. Five star seller - Buy with confidence! . Good.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. PAPERBACK. 1497364809 Very Good Condition. 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

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

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 (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 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

Nathaniel Hawthorne

White and red pocket like edition. It has the preface to the second edition

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

PAPERBACK. B00A2KOWVG . New.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

PAPERBACK. B00A2KOWVG Minor shelf wear . Very Good.

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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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