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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER; By Mark Twain by  Mark Twain - Early Reprint of the First American Edition - 1881 - from Borg Antiquarian (SKU: 6597)


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by Twain, Mark

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Hartford, Conn. Chicago, Ill. Cincinnati, Ohio: The American Publishing Company, 1881. Early Reprint of the First American Edition. Pictorial cloth. Good -/None [Clear polyester sleeve added]. B&W stereotyped engravings. Tall 8vo (8 3/4" x 7") , publisher's first edition format of full decorative dark blue (near purple) cloth over boards with gilt lettering and panels on spine with title surrounded by FOUR stars with five points stamped in gilt on front cover (a binding variant [see below]), plus decorative blind-stamping on both covers; illustrated with stereotyped engraved frontispiece of Tom Sawyer plus more than 100 B&W chapter headings & in-text vignettes, black ribbon page-marker, [xii], 274, [275 "Conclusion," 276 blank] pages [edges plain]. No ads at rear. A Great American Classic by the inimitable Mark Twain. Originally published using this dark blue gilt-laden and ilustrated large octavo format by the same American Publishing Company, Hartford, in 1876. <br/><br/>This classic book has become the quintessential tale of American boyhood following Twain's creation of one of the most memorable characters in American literature. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is also interwoven with autobiographical elements that have been transposed, embellished and made melodramatic. The lively and often amusing work is also a splendid recreation of mid-nineteenth century riverfront life along the Mississippi.<br/><br/>This is an early 1881 reprint of the 1876 edition. Publisher's records indicate that the first edition ended in 1879. At that time, American Publishing in Hartford reprinted the 1876 third printing (BAL, Vol. 2, p.189). <br/><br/>Wm. M. McBride, Mark Twain Bibliography: Memorial & Stowe-Day Foundation, p.44 lists 1883ff. reprints by The American Publishing Company but NOT this seemingly more scarce 1881 imprint. Similarly, the 1881 reprint is NOT included in the many editions listed in the Samuel L. Clemens "Mark Twain" catalgue No.47 by Second Life Books, p.13; nor is this edition mentioned in either Heritage Catalogue 130 (p.18, noting the 1884 ed.); nor does it appear in Catalogue One / Alan J. Fox., p.33. <br/><br/>This copy has a SCARCE early binding variant. In Vol. 2, pp.189 (column 1) & [191], Blanck discusses and then illustrates our variant with FOUR stars surrounding the title on front cover, rather than the first edition binding which has TWO stars above and below the title, and TWO "goldstamped be-rayed stylized chrysanthemums" with scalloped edges on both sides of the title. Blanck observes that our variant binding "thus far, has been noted only on an 1877 reprint" (p.[191]. (First Editions in VG condition currently sell for more than $10,000.) <br/><br/>We note that the preliminary pages (e.g., front endpapers, Preface, half title, Table of Contents, Illustrations, blanks) of the American Publishing reprints after the Third edition have page counts that vary. Some early copies have misnumbering (e.g., BAL "Second Printing, Issue A"); others have xii or xvi pages. Our preliminary front endpapers are unnumbered and total only [xii]. <br/><br/>Overall, a pleasing and affordable copy of this Very Important American Classic in dark blue cloth, many clean and well imprinted illustrations, and an interesting binding variant. <br/><br/>Bookplate of previous owner (with brief ink notation) on front pastedown. Cloth has moderate wear with rubbing to joints, edges, and corners; and light soil with fading to gilt. Rebacked copy with backstrip (90%+ complete) laid down on new blue cloth. Endpapers have been reinforced with closely matching binder's tape, so the hinges are holding nicely. Light foxing to pastedown and FFEP. Text is moderately and uniformly toned with the occasional smudge, crease, and light wear. The preliminary leaf listing illustrations has loosened. The text pages and illustrations are nearly free of foxing, though one can detect the occasional speck. <br/><br/>We are unable to determine whether our reprint is supposed to have [xii] or [xvi] preliminary leaves following the list of illustrations and preceeding the frontispiece and page numbered "1." There is offsetting with toning affecting 3/4's of pages 30-31 that has evidently been caused by a now removed piece of paper [newspaper?].


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, is a popular 1876 novel about a young boy growing up in the antebellum South on the Mississippi River in the town of St. Petersberg, based on the town of Hannibal, Missouri.


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Twain, Mark
B&W stereotyped engravings
Pictorial cloth
Book condition
Used - Good -
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None [Clear polyester sleeve added]
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Early Reprint of the First American Edition
The American Publishing Company
Place of Publication
Hartford, Conn. Chicago, Ill. Cincinnati, Ohio
Date published
Humor, satire, Great American Novel, coming of age, illustrated, Mississippi, Joe, Huck Finn, Jim

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BorgAntiquarian (ABAA & ILAB) is a dealer long engaged in selling exceptional collectibles: rare and fine books, autographs and manuscripts, fine art and artifacts. We are generalists in Americana, English & American literature, plus selected authors & important figures (Dickens & Darwin; presidents & 'signers'; scientists & historical figures; Revolutionary & Civil War militaria).


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