Rare All Gilt Edge First Edition,
Mark Twain [pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens].
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: The
American Publishing Company, 1876. First American edition, first
printing. Printed on calendared paper and one of but few copies
with all gilt edges (the BAL states only 748 copies issued thus).
Octavo. [i-xi] xii-xiii [xiv-xv] xvi,  18-274[-276], 
publisher's catalog pages. Illustrated. This copy sold with a W.
& A. H. Fry, Brighton, England albumen carte de visite
image of Twain taken about 1872 and an original 4.5 x 6 inch
albumen photograph of Twain in his later years. Publisher's
original blue cloth blocked and lettered in black and gilt. Peach
endpapers and triple flyleaves as called for. Modest shelf wear to
boards with some abrasion on the corners and lower spine. Spine
slightly sun faded at the headband and tailband. Former owner's
bookplate on the front pastedown. Text of pages generally clean and
free of markings. In a chemise and housed in a half-morocco
slipcase. A very good copy of this rare gilt-edge variation.
First Printing of Twain's Classic
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