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    The First American Edition of Huckleberry Finn, in the Blue Cloth Variant Binding, with the Earliest Possible Issue Points in Cloth

    Mark Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American edition, earliest possible issue in cloth, with the following points: on page [9], "Decided" instead of the later "Decides" (McDonnell, Firsts), on page [13] illustration "Him and Another Man" listed at page 88 (Blanck's first state); on page 57 the eleventh line form the bottom reads "with the was" (Blanck's first state); on page 155 the final "5" is missing (Blanck's first state, although McDonnell dismisses this point as no longer being reliable ); page 283 is a cancel (Blanck's third state, the earliest available in cloth copies); the frontispiece is Blanck's first state. Octavo. 366 pages. Frontispiece portrait inserted. With One Hundred and Seventy-Four Illustrations by E. W. Kemble. Original variant blue cloth pictorially stamped in gilt and black. Spine darkened with wear and chipping at edges. Some rubbing and soiling to boards Gutter between first illustration and frontispiece portrait is cracked. Some soiling and thumbsoiling in text. Text slightly shaken. Still, a very good copy of this classic, considered by many to be the quintessential American novel. Chemised in quarter morocco slipcase.

    BAL 3415. Johnson, p. 43. Grolier, 100 American, 87. McDonnell, Firsts Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 9.

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