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    Lovely First Edition of Mark Twain

    Mark Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.

    First edition with the following first issue points, per BAL: "Him and another Man" with "88" on p. [13]; "with the was" instead of "with the saw" on p. 57; final leaf blank; and frontispiece with "Heliotype Printing Company" and visible tablecloth. Also, "Huck Decided" instead of "Huck Decides" under "Chapter VI" on p. [9], a first issue point per MacDonnell (Firsts, p. 31). Title page a cancel; p. 283 on a stub. The final "5" on p. 155 is lacking, a later issue point in BAL which MacDonnell dismisses as being of no significance as far as issue priority (Firsts, p. 33). Octavo. 366 pages. Portrait frontispiece. Text illustrations by E. W. Kemble.

    Publisher's full green pictorial cloth, stamped and lettered in gilt and black. Lightly rubbed corners with minor professional restoration to head and tail of backstrip. Hinges reinforced. Some minor soiling to lower fore-edge affecting rear preliminary pages. Mild toning to pages. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and quarter leather slipcase. A near fine copy showing some professional conservation work.

    BAL 3415. Kevin MacDonnell in Firsts, September 1998 - Vol. 8, No. 9, "Huck Finn, Among the Issue Mongers," pages 29-35.


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