First American Edition, First Issue of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with a Card Signed by Twain
Mark Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom
Sawyer's Comrade). With one hundred and seventy-four
illustrations. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
With a signed card ("Saml. Clemens/Mark Twain" in purple ink)
affixed beneath the half-title (card is approximately 1.75 x 3.25
inches). First American edition, first issue, with the
following points: page , 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' on page 9. Octavo. 366 pages. Inserted
frontispiece portrait and wood-engraved text illustrations. The
frontispiece portrait has the imprint of the Heliotype Printing
Co., the tablecloth, or scarf, is clearly visible. Page 283 is
mounted onto a cancel. Publisher's full green cloth, front board
and spine decoratively stamped in gilt and black. Joints skillfully
repaired, spine tips and corners strengthened, some color
correction to spine, corners, and a few other spots, some rubbing
to binding, some minor intermittent foxing or thumbsoiling in text.
Overall, a very good copy. Chemised in a quarter green morocco
BAL 3415. MacDonnell, Firsts Magazine, September 1998, pp. 29-35.
From the Palo Alto Collection of Modern Literature.
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