Lot 280 of 429:
Huckleberry Finn First American Edition Earliest Issue  

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Estimate:
$5,000 - $8,000

Title:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)
Author:
Twain, Mark
Place:
New York
Publisher:
Charles L. Webster
Date:
1885
Description:

366 pp. Double frontispiece (including portrait), with tissue-guard, plus numerous wood engravings throughout. (8vo) 21.5x16.3 cm (8½x6½"), original decorative green cloth, stamped and lettered in gilt and black. First American Edition.

First edition of the quintessential classic of 19th century American literature. The present copy exhibits the following issue points: title leaf is a cancel with copyright notice dated 1884 (second state, but the first state was only seen in a prospectus and set of advance sheets);  the illustration captioned "Him and another Man" [p.13] listed as p.88 (first state); 11th line from bottom of p.57 reads "...with the was." (first state);  p. 283 is a cancel, with corrected engraving (third state, but earliest known state in cloth-bound copies), the final 5 in the numeration of page 155 is lacking (first state); leaf 23-8 is present as a blank, first state of the frontispiece portrait (imprint of Heliotype with tablecloth visible). BAL 3415.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Rubbing with light fraying at spine ends, small chip at heel, corners a bit bumped and frayed; front hinge repaired, small closed tear to leaf 4, larger closed tear to leaf 12; very good.
 
Item number:
305381
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