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    With the Very Rare First State of the "Silas Phelps" Illustration on Page 283

    Mark Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American edition, first printing with the text uncorrected at pages 9, 13 and 57, and with the very rare first state of the illustration on page 283, with a definite curve of Silas Phelps trousers, printed and bound before the infamous "ribald" defacement of the plate (after which the illustration was altered to put a straight line on Phelps' trousers, with only a handful of copies bound with the first state of this illustration). The copyright page is dated 1884. Page 155 is printed without the final "5" in the page number, although this does not prove whether or not this is an early issue of the book (as per MacDonnell). This copy includes BAL's first state of the inserted portrait frontispiece, bound between the engraved frontispiece and the title page. Octavo. Modern full plain brown leather with later endleaves. Minimal scattered foxing and thumb-soiling. A very good copy, with the elusive first state of page 283. BAL 3415. MacDonnell, Firsts Magazine, September, 1998.

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