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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) by  Mark Twain - First American edition, first state - 1885 - from Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA and

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

by Twain, Mark

Condition: Good

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American edition, first state. Hardcover. Good. 366pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] Publisher's green cloth with title and illustration stamped in gilt and black on the front panel and backstrip. Housed in a custom natural beige cloth clamshell. Good. Light rubbing to extremities of boards, more so at corners. Cloth is splitting between the front board and backstrip near the center. Hinges going. Bookseller's catalog description (for this copy) cut out and pasted to front free endsheet. First state of the frontispiece. Illustration listed as being present on page 88. "with the was" on page 57. Page 155 incorrectly listed as 15 (Merle Johnson #2). Tablecloth or scarf not visible on frontisportrait. BAL 3515 Merle Johnson, p. 43. Twain's novels, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," forever changed the course of American literature, when they presented the first deeply felt portrayal of boyhood.

Commonly named among the Great American novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is generally regarded as the sequel to his earlier novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; however, in Huckleberry Finn, Twain focused increasingly on the institution of slavery and the South. Narrated by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn in Southern antebellum vernacular, the novel gives vivid descriptions of people and daily life along the Mississippi River while following the adventure of Huck and a runaway slave, Jim, rafting their way to freedom. Read more: Identifying first editions of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)


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