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    Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens]. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). London: Chatto & Windus, 1884.

    First English edition preceding the first U.S. edition by four months. Twelvemo. xvi, 438 pages. Thirty-two page publisher's catalog dated October, 1884 bound in back. Gatherings sewn not stapled. With 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble.

    Original red cloth lettered in gilt on front cover and spine and decorated with black silhouettes and black line drawing of Huck being chased by umbrella-wielding woman, publisher's colophon in black on rear board. Floral endpapers. Light spotting on boards with moderate soiling. Corners bumped and abraded. Cloth on front joint completely split, rear joint split about half way. Fraying at the head and foot of the spine. Small tears near the foot of the spine panel affecting "Chatto". Spine panel browned. Front and rear hinges cracked. Contents slightly toned and shaken. Page listing illustrations loose. Former owner's book plate on the front pastedown. An interesting correction made in blue pencil on page 64 correcting Twain's lack of continuity in Jim's dialect. The line as written reads: "Doan' hurt me - don't". A former owner has lined out the proper "don't" and written "doan'" at the bottom of the page. In total, a copy worthy of professional restoration in good condition.

    Along with Twain's Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn helped generations of young people to experience the sheer joy of reading. A classic of American literature.


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