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    First Edition Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn Offered here is a true first edition, first printing of Mark Twain's most popular work, Huckleberry Finn. Bearing the printing date of 1884 and showing Twain/Clemens' own publishing company Charles L. Webster, this is a true prize. While Twain, or Samuel Langhorne Clemens, wrote many books and shorter pieces during his life (1835-1910), most literary historians agree that this, his most popular effort, was a fascinating satire of the treatment of African-Americans in particular and Reconstruction in general. Read by American schoolchildren for over 120 years and often enjoyed simply as a wonderful tale of early life on the Mississippi, the book makes its points in subtle fashion. One of the most desirable American first editions extant, this copy shows fairly heavy use and certainly has signs of wear. The cover is intact and the binding still quite firm, however the corners and edges are noticeably worn. All pages are present and do not show the staining often found; they are slightly toned but not discolored. A literal gem from one of the keenest and most influential observers of society our country has produced to date. An offering that rarely appears, this is an outstanding opportunity to add a rare masterpiece to your collection.

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    October, 2006
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
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