HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (1804-1864). The Scarlet Letter. A Romance. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850.
8°. Title-page printed in red and black. Original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered on spine, cream endpapers (lightly frayed at ends of spine, generally fresh); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Raymond Epstein (sold Swann Galleries, 29 April 1992, lot 215); Carol G. and William E. Simon (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, with 4-page publisher's advertisement dated March 1, 1850 bound in at front. In spite of 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. BAL 7600; Clark A16.1; Grolier American 59. A FINE COPY.