The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Varnum Poor (illustrator) 1941 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - First Edition illustrated by Powers, Number 1, 107 of 1, 500. ‘She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.’

A handsomely bound limited edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic investigation of the American mind, set in 17th century Boston and written in Salem in 1849-50.

Signed by Henry Varnum Poor, whose stone lithograph illustrations enhance Hawthorne’s best known work. With an introduction by Dorothy Canfield.

‘The finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in this country. There was a consciousness of this in the welcome that was given it - a satisfaction in the idea of America having produced a novel that belonged to literature and to the forefront of it.’ - Henry James (1879).
  No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

Listed in '
100 Books That Shaped World History' [Raftery, 2002]. Also in The Observer; All-Time 100 Best Novels [2003].

(binding size 24.5x17cm), pp. [2] 393 [1 (limitation page)] [4].
  Suitably bound in full scarlet morocco, spine ruled in blind and gilt, lettered and decorated in gilt, covers with gilt twin fillet boarders and gilt twin fillet edges, gilt inner dentelles, top edge gilt others untrimmed, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, toning to edges and slightly heavier to upper edge of some pages.   Ref: 110133   Price: HK$ 4,000