CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: The American Publishing Company 1876. Small 4to, original darker blue decorated cloth, blocked and lettered in blue, black, and gold, GILT EDGES, slight rubbing at extremities, rear cover a trifle soiled, endpapers a little cracked at inner hinges, blue half morocco slipcase. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, one of 748 copies in this rare cloth binding with gilt edges (about 10 times rarer than cloth copies without gilt edges), illustrated, 4 pp. advertisements at end, with pencilled inscription by the Twain bibliographer Merle Johnson on front endpaper: "First ed - thin paper - blank page before contents, Merle Johnson." BAL 3369; Johnson/Clemens, pp. 27-30; Peter Parley to Penrod, p. 43; Grolier/American 79. A very good copy.