8 April 2003
CLEMENS, Samuel L. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) New York: J.J. Little and Co. for Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
Small 4o. Lithographic frontispiece by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt, illustrations in text. ORIGINAL DARK BROWN HALF MOROCCO GILT, MARBLED BOARD SIDES, MARBLED EDGES (some light wear, few small repairs); quarter morocco slipcase.
"All American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain...It's the best book we've had. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since" -- Ernest Hemingway in Green Hills of Africa.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION IN THE RARE PUBLISHER'S DELUXE BINDING, with early issue points: THE RARE STATE 1 OF P. 283 WITH THE ENGRAVING (THE INFAMOUS "FLY" PLATE) IN THE ORIGINAL STATE before defacement, the leaf integral to the original quire ("In this original state the leaf has been seen only in early prospectuses and in leather bound copies of the published book" -- BAL); frontispiece portrait in state 2 (tablecloth not visible); title in state 3 (copyright dated 1884, conjugate with 1/7); p.13 in state 1 ("Him and another man"); p.57 in state 1 ("was" for "saw" line 23); p. 155 state 1 (2?, with the final "5" lacking); final leaf blank. BAL 4515; Grolier American 87; Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-76. THE RAREST OF THE PUBLISHER'S SIX BINDINGS FOR 'HUCKLEBERRY FINN'.
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