29 June 2005
CLEMENS, Samuel. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
Square 8o. Lithographic frontispiece by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt (BAL state 1), illustrations in text; title-leaf a cancel with copyright dated 1884. Original green gilt-decorated pictorial cloth (very minor rubbing to spine extremities, otherwise very fine and bright); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: "The Merchants" general agent, W. Gus Chittenden (ink receipt stamp on front free endpaper dated Feb. 23, 1885); Walter Halworth (gift inscription on front free endpaper dated 1904).
"ALL MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN CALLED HUCKLEBERRY FINN"--Ernest Hemingway in The Green Hills of Africa.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, EARLY STATE, with early issue points: first state of p. 57 with "was" for "saw"; first state of the "Him and Another Man" plate listed as being on p. 88; first state of pagination on folio 155 (the final five lacking); the title leaf is a cancel; third state of p. 283; the frontispiece is in first state. In addition, the present copy contains leaf 23, which Blanck states he has never seen in a copy which contains all first issue points. He states, however, that the leaf is found in publisher's leather-bound copies.
This copy, with the early receipt stamp dated Feb. 23, 1885, is one of the earliest copies recorded (apart from the December 3, 1884 copyright deposit copy, Blanck records only copies dated March). The earliest known dated copy is the Smillie copy, dated Feb. 19, 1885. BAL 3415; Grolier American 87; Johnson, pp. 43-50.
AN EXTREMELY EARLY COPY OF TWAIN'S MASTERPIECE IN EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION.
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