On Any Short List of Greatest American Novels

    Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Scarlet Letter, A Romance. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850.

    First edition, first issue. Octavo. [1]-4 publisher's catalog (dated March 1, 1850), flyleaf, [i]-iv, [1]-322 pages, blank, flyleaf, endpaper. No front free endpaper after the publisher's catalog.

    Publisher's brown T-cloth, tooled in blind and lettered in gilt. Housed in a custom quarter leather drop-down box. Moderate wear and soiling to the boards and edges. Spine ends chipped. Corners bumped. Publisher's catalog rehinged. Binding shaken and almost detached after the front flyleaf, also cracked at page 80. Scattered minimal foxing, mostly at the endpapers. Text edges dusty. A few tiny dampstains within the text. Bookplate and bookseller's ticket on front pastedown. Two previous owners' signatures on front flyleaf. All in all, an about very good copy ripe for minor restoration.

    BAL 7600. Grolier 100 American.

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