The Scarlet Letter

Description (Brief)
Book, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthornel. The hand-painted cream-colored celluloid cover feature a scarlet letter "A," with a shadow extending over a church steeple, a stockade, and a gravestone, also marked "A." The volume is bound by a white ribbon, and an image of the author is on an interior page. The 346-page book contains a small white hand-painted bookmark inscribed "St. Anne of Beaupre protect us. Made in France."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
book
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ribbon (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 4 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 11.43 cm x 15.875 cm
referenced
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
2006.0098.1546
catalog number
2006.0098.1546
accession number
2006.0098
subject
Celluloid
Bookbinding
Saints
Art
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Celluloid
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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