8 April 2003
Property of the Library of Richard M. Lackritz, M.D.
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 SHEEP, MOROCCO LETTERING PIECES (few skilful repairs along joints and at extremities); calf slipcase. Provenance: E.W. Bushyhead, San Diego, Cal. (inscription dated 5 March 1885 on title).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, 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.
An early subscriber's copy, dated four days before the earliest copy recorded by BAL (the copy deposited at Boston Athenaeum) and 25 days before the earliest known presentation copy in cloth. Given that this copy was received in San Diego, it is probable that this was one of the earliest copies off the press sent in the publisher's sheep binding. BAL 4515; Grolier American 87; Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-76. GIVEN THE FRAGILITY OF THE SHEEP BINDING, A VERY GOOD COPY, WITH THE SHEEP UNDARKENED.
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