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    First American Edition, First Printing of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.

    First American edition, first printing, issued a few weeks (February 1885) after Chatto and Windus's London edition (December 1884). This copy has the following "traditional" or commonly identified bibliographical points: the title-page is a cancel, with the copyright notice dated 1884 (BAL second state, with the first state only noted in publisher's prospectuses and advanced sheets); p. [13], the illustration captioned "Him and another Man" is incorrectly listed as at p. 88 (BAL first state); p. 57, the eleventh line from the bottom reads "with the was" instead of "with the saw" (BAL first state); p. 283 is a cancel, with the engraving redone and the line indicating the fly on Silas Phelps's trousers a straight vertical line (BAL third state, the earliest known to appear in cloth-bound copies of the book); p. 155, the final "5" in the pagination is of a different font and extends slightly below the line of the figures that precede it (BAL third state); the final blank leaf (23/8) has been excised; the frontispiece portrait has the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co. and the tablecloth, or scarf, on which the bust rests is clearly visible (BAL first state). Octavo. 366 pp. Inserted photogravure frontispiece of a portrait bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt, with tissue guard, and wood-engraved text illustrations by E. W. Kemble.

    Original dark green diagonally-ribbed cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt and black on front cover and spine. Pale peach endpapers. Protected in a half dark green calf over marbled board book-back clamshell case with black calf label on front cover ruled and lettered in gilt and spine ruled and lettered in gilt with four raised bands. Cloth lightly rubbed at head of spine, with one tiny chip, cloth fraying at foot of spine with small splits at joints, and at lower corner of front cover, with board exposed, lower board edges rubbed. A few small areas of slight discoloration to cloth on rear cover. Tiny ding to outer edge of front board. The text is generally very clean, with only some occasional very minor marginal staining or soiling. Some occasional faint offsetting from some of the darker illustrations. Two tiny chips and slight crease at the top edge of pages 35/36 and 37/38. A few leaves creased at the lower edge (pages 63/64 and 99/100). Tiny stain on the fore-edge of pages 335-344. Small faint yellow stain in the illustration on page 361. A few scattered pencil markings on the pages with issue points. A few corners creased. A very bright and clean copy.

    BAL 3415. Grolier, 100 American, 87. Johnson, Twain, pp. 43-50. McBride, pp. 92-112.

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