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by Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

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Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.] ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. First edition, first printing. Original publisher's three-quarter brown morocco, raised bands, gilt compartments, marbled boards. Very good copy with heavily worn corners and expert repair to front hinge. A scarce book in this most expensive deluxe binding, of which just 500 copies of the first edition (30,000 copies total) were bound. Besides the three essential points of the first printing, the following textual points are also present: the title-page and page 283 are cancels; page 155 (last 5 is missing; first or second state). Page 155 occurs randomly in all three states within first printing sheets, a strong indication of the use of multiple plates in the production of this book, or mixed sheets. The frontispiece portrait is in the second state of three (not a point of priority as BAL points out, since it is an insert, printed separately from the sheets and added at the time of binding). Housed in a folding case, leather label. BAL 3415. Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-6. Grolier American Hundred 87.

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


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