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    Remarkable Copy of Huckleberry Finn
    with tipped-in Twain signature

    Mark Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American edition, first issue, with the following points: page [13], the illustration captioned 'Him and another Man' is incorrectly listed as at p. 88 (BAL first state); page 57, the eleventh line from the bottom reads 'with the was' instead of 'with the saw' (BAL first state). MacDonnell's first state of 'Huck Decided' instead of "Huck Decides" under "Chapter VI" on p. [9]. Tipped-in 4 x 5 inches piece of paper signed by Twain on front free endpaper: "Truly Yours / Mark Twain / Apl./94." Octavo. 366 pages. Inserted frontispiece portrait and wood-engraved text illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Title page cancel with copyright 1885. The frontispiece portrait, which includes the tissue guard, has the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co. (the tablecloth, or scarf, being clearly visible). Page 283 with the straight fly is mounted onto a cancel.

    Publisher's full green pictorial cloth, stamped and lettered in gilt and black. Housed in a custom book-style quarter morocco clamshell box, five raised bands with gilt stamped titles, devices and decorations, lined in velvet, by Asprey and signed inside the base of the spine. Book binding lightly rubbed at extremities. Minor paper loss to upper corner of leaf 4(8), being pages 63/64, not affecting text. Few spots of foxing, one spot travels in the outer margin from page 46 to 55. Last three leaves, blank fly-leaf, and rear free endpaper with minor corner bends and soft crease along outer margins. Pages with few creases or indentations, light edge wear with few chips or small tears. Tipped-in signed paper with small tear in its right border, not affecting inscription. A remarkably nice copy of Twain's classic, one of the best we have seen. From the collection of Donald Carter.




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