• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 63

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

    Price Realised  

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

    8o. Title-page printed in red and black. Original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered on spine, cream endpapers (small repair along front joint, otherwise a bright copy); brown quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Georgianna Ray (signature on front free endpaper); Edwin B. Holden (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION, with 4-page publisher's advertisement dated March 1, 1850 bound in at front. In spite of the the controversial subject matter, The Scarlet Letter was an immediate success. 2,500 copies were sold in its first week of publication, lifting Hawthorne out of literary obscurity. A FRESH AND BRIGHT COPY. BAL 7600; Clark A16.1; Grolier American 59.


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