First Edition Tom Sawyer, in the Original Publisher's Sheep

    Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens]. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876.

    First edition, second printing, issue A. Printed on laid paper, half-title p. (i), frontispiece p. (ii), p. (xii) mis-paginated xii, p. (x) mis-paginated xiii, p. (xii) mis-paginated xvi. Page 89, line four quotes after hiding place". Four page publisher's catalog in back dated December 1, 1876. Octavo. 275 pages. Profusely illustrated in text.

    Original full sheepskin (only 1,500 in this binding) with five compartments between four raised bands on the spine with titles and rules stamped in gilt on the spine. Rebacked, with most of the original spine laid down. Significant loss along the rear joint and at the foot of the spine. Shelf wear at the extremities, especially at the corners. Old cloth tape repair to front hinge; rear hinge cracked, else the text block is tight. Top edge soiled. Contents toned, as usual. Old gift inscription on the half-title dated December 25, 1876 affirming this early state. An early state in this rare form, very good.

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