Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. Second Edition. Cloth. Second Edition. 12mo; [i-ii], [i]- vi, -322pp; inserted publisher’s catalog preceding title page dated May 1850; Metcalf and Company imprint on copyright page; publisher’s blind-stamped brown cloth over board, gilt title on spine; pale yellow endpapers; title page printed in black and red-orange; preface by the author “To the Second Edition”; shelf wear to edges, bumping with loss to corners, slight lean, foxing with no odors; very good minus. BAL 7601. Housed in a custom red cloth slipcase trimmed with leather and lined with felt, a gilt letter “A” to the top edge; fine. Very good. Item #1254
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s (1804-1864) American classic historical fiction set in Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years 1642-1649. The novel follows Hester Prynne, her out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and her struggle to build a new life while shielding her lover and his reputation.