DescriptionMark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. First American edition, third printing. Publisher's cloth.
with pp. [i]-[ii] used as front pastedown and with frontispiece on p. [vi]. Square octavo. [i-xiv, but missing the eighth leaf, the list of illustrations], -274, , [1, blank], [4, advertisements (dated December 1st, 1876)] pp. Printed on laid paper. Text illustrations.
Original blue ribbed cloth decoratively stamped in black and gilt and lettered in gilt and blind on front cover and spine. Back cover decoratively stamped in black.
Unfortunately, the binding on this copy has been severely damaged. The foot of the spine is completely perished, portions of the cloth along the rear joint are peeling away, covers show considerable wear and water damage with exposed boards at corners and along lower edges, spine is severely sunned and outer edge of rear cover severely darkened, the upper outer corner of the front free endpaper and lower outer corner of the rear are torn away, and the hinges are split, with the boards completely detached, hanging onto the rest of the book only because of the cloth. Barkalow Brothers Union Pacific Rail Road General News Agents red ink stamp to upper outer corner of free front endpaper (partially perished); and ownership stamp of "U.S. Vermillion" stamped six times there. The text block has not escaped unscathed, but it is in much more acceptable condition, with only occasional light spotting and moisture staining to the outer margin of most leaves. The book would make a good candidate for rebinding.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is now thought of a juvenile classic, though when it was written, it was an attempt by Twain to appeal to the current vogue for local-color fiction. In contrast to his earlier satirical work, this is a nostalgic and sentimental story based on the author's own youth in an antebellum river town" (Lilly/Karanovich).
BAL 3369. Johnson, Twain, pp. 27-30. Lilly/Karanovich 90.
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