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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

By Twain, Mark




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.

First edition identification and notes

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published on December 10, 1884 by Chatto & Windus in London and by Dawson Brothers in Montreal. 

Other collectible or notable editions

Charles L. Webster and Company, run by Twain’s nephew, Charles Webster, published the first American edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885. This version, which is also the first illustrated edition, features 175 plates by E.W. Kemble. 


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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).

TWAIN, Mark.

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company,, 1885. Octavo (214 x 164 mm). Publisher's half morocco, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, rebacked with original spine laid down. Custom red morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. Photogravure portrait frontispiece (second state, with the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Company and with "Karl Gerhardt, Sc." added to the finished edge of the shoulder), illustrated throughout with 173 text illustrations after E. W. Kemble. Boards slightly rubbed, one spot of soiling above text on title page, pp. 147-152 with minor loss from each upper corner not affecting text. First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the preliminary blank, "To Major J. B. Pond With the affections of Mark Twain Feb. 21/85", and further extensively inscribed by Pond ("This is the first copy that the author ever set his eyes on …") Major James Burton Pond (1838-1903) became a lecture manager after a distinguished career in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Pond was hired by Twain in the summer of 1884 to oversee his lengthy 1884-85 lecture tour which would encompass eighty cities and number over a hundred performances. The tour was a critical and commercial success, earning Twain $17,000, and included some of Twain's first readings from Huckleberry Finn. Only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57 the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides". This copy has all these in first state. The frontispiece was printed separately and inserted at random, and has no relation to the order of the printed sheets. Copies in the original half morocco binding are the least often met with. Less than two weeks before publication, the publisher Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in half morocco. Webster's own copy, also half morocco, was dated by him as having been received from the binder on 26 November 1884. At some stage it was realised that the Uncle Silas illustration on page 283 had been mischievously tampered with. In this copy, the illustration is in first state.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Clemens)

Charles L. Webster, 1885 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a laid in signature. This First Edition book has the original boards that are in nice shape with light wear to the spine and panels. The binding is tight, and the panels are crisp with slight wear to the edges. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. We buy Twain First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade)

TWAIN, MARK

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, in the original publisher's deluxe binding, available at a premium price. This copy has the rare first state of the illustration on p. 283, as well as the other earliest points described in BAL. The frontispiece is an insert occurring in three states with no priority of issue. In 1884, salesmen traveled throughout the United States selling advance subscriptions to Huckleberry Finn. The salesman's dummy contained an illustration on page 283 showing an unnoticed and innocent slight curve at the fly of Silas Phelps's trousers. In October 1884, in anticipation of Christmas publication, a few hundred sets of sheets were sent to be bound in expensive half morocco and sheep bindings. As in the prospectus shown to customers, these copies showed the curve at page 283. The present Huck is one of those very few copies. Soon after these copies were printed and shipped for binding, an unknown individual altered the plate on page 283 by crudely engraving a penis at Phelps's fly. By the time the defacement was discovered on November 25, 1884, thousands of copies had been printed. The New York Tribune quoted publisher Charles Webster: "Had the first edition been run off our loss would have been $250,000. Had the mistake not been discovered, Mr. Clemens's credit for decency and morality would have been destroyed." To avert disaster, the leaf containing the offending illustration was painstakingly cut out of each copy and replaced with a leaf showing the new printing of the plate. The newly engraved plate eliminated the defacement but also eliminated the faint line that had been printed innocently in the prospectus and the copies sent out to be bound in leather. In later printings in 1885 the replacement of the leaf was not necessary. The result of this complicated printing history is that the illustration exists in three states: 1st: integral leaf with slight curve at fly; 2nd: leaf canceled, replaced with new leaf showing no curve; 3rd: integral leaf showing no curve. Because the defacement occurred only after advance sheets were shipped to be bound in leather, the plate in its original state exists only in the prospectus and in early copies in publisher's leather (later leather-bound copies show the third state of p. 283). Unrestored first edition copies of Huck Finn with the trouser illustration in the rare first state are prized by collectors and infrequently obtainable. Provenance: art collector and philanthropist Leigh B. Block, bookplate. Grolier 100 American Books 8760, BAL 3415.Original half brown morocco, the publisher's deluxe binding. Very light rubbing. Fine. Half morocco case.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

Webster, 1885 The very rare first edition in publisher's sheepskin, with the first issue point of the original censored drawing with the unaltered fly. Signed and dated by the author on a laid-in small card. Very good condition, front cover partially detached from spine. Housed in a handsome quarter-leather custom-make collector's clamshell case.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

TWAIN, MARK

New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. First American Edition. Publisher’s sheep; this is an early copy with the following points: p. , “Him and another man” incorrectly listed as at p.88; page 57, “..with the was...” as opposed to “...with the saw...”; page 283 is in the first state (only early prospectuses and leather bound copies have the engraving on that soon to be suppressed and replaced plate in this original state); frontispiece in state 2 (of no significance). Outer joint of the front board splitting; some spotting; owner’s contemporary signature and signature stamp; still good to very good; in a custom quarter-morocco clamshell box.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

TWAIN, Mark

New York: Webster, 1885. First. hardcover. fine. 173 Illustrations by E.W. Kemble & photogravure portrait bust by Karl Gebhardt. 8vo, green cloth, pictorially stamped in black & gilt. New York: Charles Webster, 1885. First Edition. A fine bright, tight copy, with minimal wear at the extremes of the spine & corners. of what is perhaps the greatest American novel; preserved in a green half morocco slipcase. Enclosed is a facsimile copy of the defaced plate on page 283, which was so objectionable that it had to be removed. Early issue, with most of the points. The title page and pages 283/4 are cancels; "was" for "saw" on page 57; error in the list of illustrations has "Him and another Man" on page 88; the final "5" is missing; scarf is not present in the frontispiece bust, but the Heliotype Printing Co. is credited; signature sign is missing on page 161.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

TWAIN, MARK

New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. First American Edition. Publisher’s sheep; this is an early a copy with the following points: p. , “Him and another man” incorrectly listed as at p.88; page 57, “..with the was...” as opposed to “...with the saw...”; page 283 is in the second state (only early prospectuses and leather bound copies have the engraving on that soon to be suppressed and replaced plate in this original state); frontispiece in state 2 (of no significance). A very good copy.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Charles Webster, 1885 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a laid in card. An attractive copy of this first edition with the gold lettering still present on the boards and spine. The book is in nice shape with light wear to the edges and corners. Overall, a sharp clean copy with the following First Edition points, Table Cloth present, "Him and Another Man" listed incorrectly, "with the was" and P. 155 lettering with 5 mis print. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Mark Twain First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

Twain, Mark

Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Publisher's original 1/2 leather, with page edges, pastedowns, and endpapers all marbled. One of just 500 copies printed (Raptis Rare Books, internet article, March 2014) and comes with a copy of the infamous "priapic plate", one of 100 proof copies made by Merle Johnson from an original leaf from an unbound copy found in the collection of Willard S. Morse.///LAID in is a hand written response, declining an invitation, on a folded Quarry Farm labeled note, dated "Sept. 17/03", and SIGNED, "S. L. Clemens". (Quarry Farm was the home of Susan Langdon Crane, sister of Mark Twain's wife Olivia, and often the summer residence of the Twains. Mark Twain wrote, at least in part, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn while at Quarry Farm). The note sheet was created with a fold to yield 4 writing surfaces although this message is confined solely to the letterhead panel; The note was then manually folded, horizontally. It was written 5 weeks prior to the Twain family leaving for Italy and was penned during the last summer they spent together at Quarry Farm, as Olivia died in Italy the following June. ///CONDITION OF THE NOTE: Very good-near fine, with a touch of toning, faint soiling, two miniscule specks on the letterhead panel, the faint horizontal crease, and light peeling on the rear panel where it had been affixed to some other surface. ///CONDITION OF THE BOOK: The spine and corners have been professionally restored (corners still showing the bumped tips) and the marbled surfaces have some scratches and nicks. Interior condition problems: 1.) The pastedown/endpaper hinges have been reinforced, 2.) the front endpaper has a 1/8"x 1/4" upper corner chip, 3.) there is scattered light foxing on the front and rear the preliminary pages, 4.) leaves 3-18 have areas of (food?) staining heaviest on page 17 with bleeding back to the copyright page and finally vanishing on page 36, 5.) the bottom corner of page 23-24 has a 1/2"x7/8" chip. 6.) the rest of the text has occasional soiling, some perimeter stains, a few tipped corners, one dog-eared page, and most pages have light perimeter toning. ///ISSUE POINTS: The tissue guarded front plate is second state with no cloth visible under the bust. The title/copyright leaf is integral (lack of uniform opinion on this point), "Him and another man" is incorrectly listed at page 88 (instead of page 87 where it appears), page 57 has "with the was" on line 11 from the bottom, page 143 is missing the "l" in "Col." (which is part of the illustration at the top line of the text) and has the broken "b"in "body" on line 7, the final 5 of page 155 is lacking (again, lacks consensus), the illustration on page 283 is bound in with the noticeable curve on the fly of Silas Phelp's trousers, and the final leaf is blank. ///CONDITION OF THE PROOF PLATE: The plate is lightly toned and there are some creases, and a small hole (1/8" x 1/16") on the right edge; repaired on the verso with a small piece of tape. ///OVERALL: in spite of the aforementioned flaws, this is a very good and quite scarce 130 year old volume. Several of these leather bound copies are in university and library collections, while others have surely been destroyed or lost, leaving precious few for private collections.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. (TOM SAWYER'S COMRADE). SCENE: THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. TIME: FORTY TO FIFTY YEARS AGO

TWAIN, Mark [CLEMENS, Samuel]

New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885. First Edition. Hardcover. Hinges tight. Internally a very clean copy and very unusual as such. Light wear to corners, faint tape stains to boards. Near Fine. First Printing. Publisher's library binding of full sheep, the scarcest of the bindings for this title, here very skillfully rebacked retaining the original leather spine labels. With 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble. BAL 3415. Earliest issue for four points of BAL's seven points and with McBride's point. Recent Twain scholarship convincingly establishes three changes from the printing plates of the first printing of 30,000 copies and later printings: 1) an erroneous page reference "88" on page 13 later changed to "87" (BAL's point 2); 2) the misprint "with the was" on page 57 later corrected to "with the saw" (BAL's point 3); and 3) the misprint "Decided" on page 9 later changed to "Decides" (not noted by BAL). This copy has all three first printing points as well as most of the earliest points for BAL, lacking only the conjugate title page and having the conjugate page 283 with the vertical fly and the frontispiece with the credit to Heliotype but without the scarf.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).

Twain Mark

New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. First edition. First Issue. With 174 black and white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Large 8vo, original publisher's sheep binding with the red and black lettering labels on the spine. It is estimated that only 2500 copies were issued in this binding. 366 pp. A very pleasing and handsome copy. Light, expert and unobtrusive refurbishment to the joints. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND GREATEST BOOKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. A very handsome copy with the following earliest setting states as listed by BAL: "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88, BAL's first state; page 57, eleventh line from the bottom reads "...with the was...," BAL's first state; page 155 with final 5 “stamped in” by hand (see Underhill), and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, “heliotype” imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso, p.9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads “Decided” (later corrected to “Decides”), p.143: “I” in “Col.” (line 1) missing and “b” in “body” (line 7) broken, p. 161: signature mark “11” is missing, final leaf is a blank. Very rare with this many first issue points. The sheep bindings are generally in poor condition, but this copy is still quite nice. Along with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn is considered the stepping stone to modern American literature. And along with Tom Sawyer, for the first time, the hero of the novel was a boy. These books are landmarks and Hemingway often offered his opinion that the modern novel would have been impossible without them. With Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Melville’s Moby Dick, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

TWAIN, MARK

New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. First American Edition. Original publisher’s green cloth. This is as early a copy as appears in cloth, with the following points: p. , “Him and another man” incorrectly listed as at p.88; page 57, “..with the was...” as opposed to “...with the saw...”; page 283 is a cancel (only early prospectuses and leather bound copies have the engraving on that plate in its original state); the final “5” is lacking in the numbering of page 155. Leather bookplate (offset onto the front free endpaper); very light cloth wear at the extremities; tiny cloth mend at the very bottom of the front cover; a bright, very nearly fine copy; in a cloth slipcase.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Webster, 1885 First Edition, First Printing with the important first issue points. The points present are: Heliotype Printing Co. imprint is present, the heading for chapter 6, on p. 9 reads "decided(later this was corrected to "Decides"; on p. 13 "him and another man" reference is to p. 88 not 87; p. 57, 11 lines up, says ".with the was." not .with the saw.; P. 143 in line 7 down from the top part of b in "body" is missing; on p. 155 there is a font difference in the final 5 in 155. A beautiful copy that has minor wear to the edges and corners. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation and presentation. We buy Twain First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).

TWAIN, MARK

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn . . . it is the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." – Ernest Hemingway A lovely copy of Huckleberry Finn. This is the first American edition, with the key first issue text points. A variety of errors were discovered and corrected during the course of printing the first edition, and collectors have always preferred the earliest, uncorrected states. These points are the page reference 88 on p. 13 (later corrected to 87), the p. 57 misprint "with the was" ("with the saw"), and the misprint "Decided" on p. 9 ("Decides"). The title-page and p. 283 are cancels, as desired in cloth copies. The other known points "are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets" (MacDonnell). Full details are available on request. Sold by subscription, Huckleberry Finn was lavishly bound and illustrated to appeal to casual buyers approached by sample-wielding salesmen. As a result, the first edition is the most attractive and eye- catching of all American literary classics. In 1905 the Brooklyn Public Library banned Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, prompting the author to write to the librarian: "I am greatly troubled by what you say. I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' & 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, and it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. I know this by my own experience, and to this day I cherish an unappeased bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 years old. None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again on this side of the grave." "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn… it is the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since" (Ernest Hemingway.) Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer "let fresh air into the minds of parents who had shut the door on their own childhood, and they will be classics the world over as long as there are boys" (Grolier 100 American Books). Provenance: mounted on the front endpaper is the signature of Henry E. Worcester and a manuscript note stating, "To James T. von Rosenzwinge, This copy of Huckleberry Finn was given to Henry Elwynne Worcester your great-great grandfather by his son Horatio, your great grandfather for Christmas, 1885." BAL 3415. Grolier 100 American Books 87.Original green cloth. First state of frontispiece. Illustrations by E. W. Kemble. Slight wear to spine ends. Early owner provenance statement and clipped signature mounted to front endpapers. An excellent, tight, and bright copy with the inner hinges strong. A handsome copy.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

TWAIN, Mark; (CLEMENS, Samuel L.)

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American Edition of "Huckleberry Finn," First Printing A Near Fine and Untouched Copy TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American edition, with the following "traditional" bibliographical points: the title-page is a cancel, with the copyright notice dated 1884 (BAL second state, with the first state only noted in publisher's prospectuses and advanced sheets); p. [13], the illustration captioned "Him and another Man" is incorrectly listed as at p. 88 (BAL first state); p. 57, the eleventh line from the bottom reads "with the was" instead of "with the saw" (BAL first state); p. 283 is a cancel, with the engraving redone and the line indicating the fly on Silas Phelps's trousers a straight vertical line (BAL third state, the earliest known to appear in cloth-bound copies of the book); p. 155, the final "5" in the pagination is missing (BAL first state); the frontispiece portrait has the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co. and the tablecloth, or scarf, on which the bust rests not visible (BAL second state). Octavo (8 7/16 x 6 9/16 inches; 210 x 167 mm.). 366, [2, blank] pp. Inserted frontispiece portrait and wood-engraved text illustrations. Complete with the final blank leaf (signature 23/8). Original dark green cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt and black on front cover and spine. Original pale peach endpapers. The absolute minimum of rubbing to corners and spine extremities. Tiny tear (1/4 inch) in the lower blank margin of leaf 7/1 (pp. 97/98). Occasional very minor marginal soiling. An exceptionally bright and totally untouched copy. Chemised in a quarter olive morocco over marbled boards slipcase. "In November [1884], after the first printing was finished and before the second printing of 10,000 copies was begun (the third printing of another 10,000 copies did not follow until March, 1885), the plates were corrected to reflect three changes in the text: at page 13 the erroneous page reference '88' was changed to '87'; at page 57 the misprint 'with the was' was corrected to 'with the saw'; and at page 9 [the 'Contents' leaf] the misprint 'Decided' was corrected to 'Decides.' This last change was overlooked by Johnson, BAL, and every other bibliographer, but was noted by the Iowa-Berkeley editors of HUCK FINN. Because these three changes are documented as having been made between the first and second printings, they can absolutely distinguish the first and second printing sheets from each other. While mixing of sheets can sometimes occur during the collating or binding process, no copy of HUCK FINN has been found that does not have all three of these changes present, or all three absent. That strongly suggests that no mixing of first and second printing sheets took place. Unlike those changes made between the two printings, the corrections made to the plates during the course of the first printing are of no use in distinguishing between the two printings...By early November, the sheets of HUCK FINN were being forwarded for binding, and within a week or two it was discovered that the illustration at page 283 had been altered in the master plate to make it appear as if Uncle Silas was exposing his penis...By the time the ribald alteration (that's BAL's term, not mine) was discovered, the first printing was finished, and some sheets may have been in bindings, some sheets had been gathered and sewn, and some were collated but not yet sewn...No copies of the book, in cloth or in leather, show clear evidence of having had page 283 cancelled after binding. All surviving copies that contain the cancelled page, when closely examined, show evidence that the cancel took place after the sheets were sewn, but before they were nipped and trimmed for casing into the binding...In addition to the obscene illustration, a change was made in the plate for the copyright page, correcting the copyright date from 1885 to 1884. No copies of the book exist with the 1885 copyright page in uncancelled state, including copies in leather...Readers familiar with the traditional bibliographical 'points' of HUCK FINN may object that I have dismissed those 'points' that involve damaged plates (the missing 'l' in the illustration at page 143 that was replaced at some point; the three states of page 155 involving the replacement of the final '5'; the signature mark at page 161 that was missing, but eventually replaced). Because these resulted from damage to the plates at various points within the course of the first printing, and repairs could have been made to some plates while not to others, they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets...All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process. Finally, the signature mark at page 161 has never been found in a copy of the first or second printing, so it hardly warrants discussion" (See Kevin MacDonnell, "Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers," Firsts The Book Collector's Magazine, Volume 8, Number 9 (September 1998), pp. 28-35). BAL 3415. Grolier, 100 American, 87. Johnson, Twain, pp. 43-50. McBride, pp. 92-112.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens]

ont> Charles L Webster : New York, 1885 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition.. The first U. S edition of this famous nineteenth century novel which is frequently cited as one of the Great American Novels. With the author's signature . The first edition, second state. With the BAL points of 'with the saw' instead of 'with the was' to page 57, the erroneous page reference '88' is changed to '87' at page 13, and at page 9 the misprint 'decided' has been corrected to 'decides'. Illustrated, with one hundred and seventy four illustrations total, by E W Kemble. Kemble is best known for his illustrations in this first edition, particularly for his caricatures. He subsequently illustrated Twain's 'Puddin' Head Wilson' and Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'. With Mark Twain's signature held in a plastic slipcase and loosely inserted. It reads 'Truly Yours Mark Twain. ' Mark Twain was the pen name of the American writer and humorist, Samuel Langhorne Clemens. 'Huckleberry Finn' was the first work in major American literature to be written in vernacular English. It is noticable for its description of people and places along the Mississippi River. It tells the story of Huckleberry 'Huck' Finn from a first person narrative. Finn narrates Twain's previous novels 'Tom Sawyer Abroad' and 'Tom Sawyer, Detective'. It is regarded as sequel to 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'. Twain wrote this novel twenty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and therefore the end of Civil War America. However, it is set pre-Civil War when slavery was still a fact of life. Twain wrote this satire to expose the hypocrisy of slavery and 'civilized' society. Thematically, 'Huckleberry Finn' explores race and identity. A scarce opportunity to own a first edition of this classic American novel, with the author's signature. Condition: In the publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, sound, with slight rubbing to the extremities and to the head and tail of spine. Light rubbing to the joints. Several light marks to boards. Hinges are strained but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with just the odd spots. Overall Condition: Very Good.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark

Charles L. Webster, 1885 A very good first edition, first issue in the rare sheepskin binding which has been recased with a new spine. Housed in a custom-made collector's clamshell case with a leather spine. First edition. First Issue. With 174 black and white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Large 8vo, original publisher's sheep binding with the red and black lettering labels on the spine. It is estimated that only 2500 copies were issued in this binding. 366 pp. A very pleasing and handsome copy. Light, expert and unobtrusive refurbishment to the joints and new matching spine. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND GREATEST BOOKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. A very handsome copy with the following earliest setting states as listed by BAL: "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88, BAL's first state; page 57, eleventh line from the bottom reads ".with the was.," BAL's first state; page 155 with final 5 "stamped in" by hand (see Underhill), and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, "heliotype" imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso, p.9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" (later corrected to "Decides"), p.143: "I" in "Col." (line 1) missing and "b" in "body" (line 7) broken, p. 161: signature mark "11" is missing, final leaf is a blank. Very rare with this many first issue points. The sheep bindings are generally in poor condition, but this copy is still quite nice. Along with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn is considered the stepping stone to modern American literature. And along with Tom Sawyer, for the first time, the hero of the novel was a boy. These books are landmarks and Hemingway often offered his opinion that the modern novel would have been impossible without them. With Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Melville’s Moby Dick, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).

TWAIN, Mark.

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company,, 1885. Square octavo. Original green pictorial cloth blocked in black and gilt, titles to spine and front cover in gold and black. Housed in a green flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery. Photogravure frontispiece of Karl Gerhardt's portrait bust of Clemens, 173 text illustrations after E. W. Kemble. Contemporary pencilled ownership inscription dated 1885 to head of front free endpaper. A little rubbing and couple of tiny spots of wear to spine ends and tips, front inner hinge with neat superficial tissue repair and a couple of tiny splits, book block sound and tight, short closed tear to head of rear free endpaper. A very good, fresh copy in bright cloth. First US edition, first printing. Only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57, 11 lines from the bottom the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides" (this last change overlooked by Johnson, Blanck et al.) These are the only points to distinguish between the first two printings, and our copy has all three in first state. The first printing of 30,000 copies was done using electrotype plates, produced simultaneously on different presses, hence minor variations within the first printing due to damaged plates. The frontispiece is in the first state with the table cloth visible and unsigned on the finished edge of the bust, but this was separately printed and inserted in copies at random, and so has no bearing on priority. Copies were issued in leather bindings (sheep or three-quarters morocco), in blue cloth for those who wanted it uniform with Tom Sawyer and, as here, in green cloth. There is no priority between them: all were first available to the public on the same day in February 1885. At some stage it was realised that the Uncle Silas illustration on p. 283 had been mischievously tampered with. In this copy, the illustration is in the second (or arguably third) state, with the changes removed.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First edition, first issue of Twain's masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher's three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher's leather bindings are quite rare: "The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise" (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example. Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huckleberry Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Hudson River, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Twain composed the story in pen on notepaper between 1876 and 1883. Paul Needham, stated, "What you see is [Clemens'] attempt to move away from pure literary writing to dialect writing." For example, Twain revised the opening line of Huck Finn three times. He initially wrote, "You will not know about me", which he changed to, "You do not know about me", before settling on the final version, "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter." The revisions also show how Twain reworked his material to strengthen the characters of Huck and Jim, as well as his sensitivity to the then-current debate over literacy and voting. Ernest Hemingway once declared about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since."

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Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Charles L. Webster And Company. Near Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1884/85. First American Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A professionally restored and rebound First American Edition from the very limited sheep skin covered first print run. This copy, meticulously rebound in a copy of the original boards (also included as verification of the book's original state), with finish matching the original and with red and black morocco spinal labels. Water stain to the lower inside corner along bottom edge, of the first 75 pages, about 3 inches by 1 inch at front, diminishing as pages advance. tanned page edges, no chips and not brittle. All points as for a true first edition first printing: Title-page bound in; page 57 "was for saw"; Illustration Index "him and another man" listed on page 88; page 155 lacked the final 5 of the page number which was corrected and restruck with an elevated and larger type set "5"; page 283 is bound-in, in the first state with Silas Phelps's trousers showing a definite curve; Frontis is state 2 with the imprint of Heliotype Printing, table cloth and table not visible and the artist's name on the edge of the bust; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven. This is the very rare first state of Huck Finn that is seen only in a few of the leather bound copies of the book (of which this is one) that were issued before the "pornographic" illustration on p. 283 was discovered. These leather-bounds, needless to say, are now prized collector's items"[Freedman, The First Edition of Huckleberry Finn: An Overview in Proteus, Fall, 1984].Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher’s leather bindings are quite rare. “The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Speculatively, shortly before publication, Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. Copies bound in leather dried out, cracked apart, this copy being one, where the spine broke off leaving only the boards attached (again, these are included). Details and photos available upon request for serious inquiries. .

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885 First Edition, First Printing bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green cloth. The book has the earliest First Issue points according to BAL "Frontispiece of Twain with cloth visible under bust, "Page 9 Chapter VI "Huck Decided" instead of "Decides" "Him and Another Man" listed incorrectly on p.88 rather than Page 87, "Page 57, 11 lines from bottom "with the was" rather than "with the saw" "Page 155" with the 5 missing "Page 143 First word, the letter "L" missing from "Col". A magnificent copy. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning. The boards are crisp with minor wear edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

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. An excellent copy with only light rubbing. 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.

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Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark [; Samuel Langhorne Clemens]

West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press. Fine. 1985. Signed by Illustrator. Leather. Hand-crafted and published by the Pennyroyal Press in an edition of 350 sets, this being #215, with the folio of 49 individual prints, originally unsigned, at the 100 year anniversary of the publication of the first edition. While uncalled for with this publication, in this set, Mr. Moser has signed each print in the folio. This is one of only 4 known examples of this set complete with the folio of 49 prints each individually signed by Barry Moser; Mark Twain's famous tale in a stunning presentation with forty-nine wood engravings by Barry Moser. Publisher's full green morocco gilt by E. Gray Parrot. Triple gilt-rule borders on covers, with the dates 1885-1985 stamped in gilt within roundel in the center of the upper cover. The spine is lettered in gilt, with paste paper linen end-sheets by David Bourbeau. Printed on Mohawk Letterpress, accompanied with a signed suite of the 49 prints, (same images as the engravings in the book) all encased in a linen chemise. Book and print folio in slip-case; Wood engravings .

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Twain Mark

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING with BAL's first state frontispiece with the cloth visible, and very early issue points: "was" for "saw" on p.57; and the Illustrations list p.[13] shows "Him and another Man" plate as appearing on p.88; p. 155 with the final “5” restored. With 174 black and white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Square 8vo, publisher’s original green cloth elaborately decorated in gilt and black on the covers and spine, now housed in a custom slipcase with wraparound chemise. 366 pp. An excellent, handsome, well preserved and pleasing copy of this enduring classic. The cloth still nice and dark green with the gilt and black still strong on the upper cover, the giltwork on the spine well preserved, only very minor evidence of age or use to the tips and edges, the text-block very clean and the binding tight and firm. A fine survival of a cornerstone work, in collector's condition. THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND GREATEST BOOKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. "ALL MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN CALLED HUCKLEBERRY FINN"--Ernest Hemingway. Along with TOM SAWYER, HUCKLEBERRY FINN is considered the stepping stone to modern American literature. And along with Tom Sawyer, for the first time, the hero of the novel was a boy. These books are landmarks and Hemingway often offered his opinion that the modern novel would have been impossible without them. With Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS and Melville’s MOBY DICK, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark

Charles L. Webster, 1885 A rebound version of the original full sheepskin edition. First Edition, first printing, with all of the earliest first issue points, and the only edition with the censored illustration (with the bulging fly) on page 283 (the original conjugate page, not the cancel that appears in all other first editions). The scarcest and earliest version of this title, here skillfully rebound retaining the look of the original sheepskin binding. With 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble. BAL 3415. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark

Charles L. Webster, 1885 A very good first edition with first issue points -- tablecloth in frontispiece, illustration listed on page 88, was for saw, Decided on page 9. Green cloth. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Charles L. Webster & Company, New York, 1885 First Edition, First Printing with ALL the major important First Issue points. "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88 instead of 87, on page 57, the eleventh line from the bottom reads "with the was" page 155 with the missing 5, the portrait frontispiece has "heliotype" imprint and the cloth table is present underneath the bust, the title page has the 1885 date with 1884 printed on the copyright page, p.9 the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" later corrected to "Decides" p.143 "I" in "Col." and missing the "b" in "body" on line 7. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL green cloth from the publisher. The binding is tight, with NO cocking or leaning, with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean, with light discoloration. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN; (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) with 174 illustrations

TWAIN, Mark

NY: Webster, 1885. First edition, later state. 8vo, pp. 366. Bound in the rare blue cloth binding(rubbed to the extremities, some darkening and soiling to the covers) This copy was recased (although it is hard to tell), essentially a very good copy. Small water mark to the bottom of the frontispiece, Issued with mostly later points: Title leaf is conjugate with (1)7; at page (13), the illustration captioned "Him and another man" is listed at p. 87; p. 57 has the reading, "with the saw", frontis portrait is state 3, not showing table or scarf and with the sculptor's name on the bust, p. 283 shows the replaced illustration bound in and p. 155 shows the last '5' replaced in a different font. A very good copy. BAL 3415; Peter Parley to Penrod. pp. 75-6; Grolier American Hundred 87. The Rare Blue Cloth.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Webster, 1885 First Edition, First Printing. This is TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in the original green cloth. The book has the important First Issue point with the table visible underneath the bust of Twain. Later issues do not show the table. The book is in nice condition with some wear to the spine and panels. The pages are clean with light wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, an attractive copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation and presentation.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885 First Edition, First Printing with the majority of the First Issue points. A superb copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green cloth. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with minor wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

TWAIN, Mark

"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" In the Publisherís Half Morocco TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Scene: the Mississippi Valley. Time: forty to fifty years ago. With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First American edition, first issue, with the following points: the title-page is probably a cancel, with the verso dated 1884 (BAL second state, with the first state only noted in publisherís prospectuses and advanced sheets); page 13 incorrectly lists the illustration ìHim and Another Manî as on ìp. 88î instead of ìp. 87î (BAL first state); page 57 reads ìwith the wasî instead of ìwith the sawî (BAL first state); page 155 is lacking the final ì5î in its pagination (BAL probable first state); and page 283 is a cancel, with the illustration ìWho Could it Be?îin its redone form (BAL third state, the earliest known to appear in cloth-bound copies of the book). Octavo. 366 pp. With inserted frontispiece portrait (BAL second state) and text illustrations. Publisherís half brown morocco ruled in gilt over marbled boards, spine lettered and decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments. Marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Minor wear to boards, front cover with one small scratch and a bit of scratching to rear cover. Overall, a very good copy. HBS 67153. $7,500

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885 First Edition, First Printing with the following early points "page 13 the illustration "Him and Another Man" is incorrectly listed at page 88" "page 57 reads ".with the was." rather than the intended ". with the saw" "page 9 the heading for Chapter VI reads "Huck Decided," rather than the "Huck Decides" to which it was later corrected. Other key issue points included in their earliest state are: the inserted plate with the illustration of the bust of Twain is credited to the "Heliotype Printing Co.;" with cloth visible; on page 143 the "l" in "Col." is missing; on page 161 the signature mark "11" is missing. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green cloth with minor wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with light wear. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885 First Edition, First Printing with 5 of the 6 important First Issue points. A wonderful copy bound in the publisher's original green cloth that has been professionally restored on the spine and reinforced in the gutters. The binding is tight and the gold lettering on the spine is present. The pages are clean with minor discoloration and slight wear to the edges. Overall, a sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

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.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.] ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. First edition, first printing, early states, and first state of frontispiece. Original green cloth, gilt. A bright tight copy with just mild fraying at spine tips. The following textual points are present: the title-page and page 283 are cancels (earliest states for cloth copies); all first printing readings are present; and the frontispiece portrait is in the first 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). BAL 3415. Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-6. Grolier American Hundred 87.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. (TOM SAWYER'S COMRADE). SCENE: THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. TIME: FORTY TO FIFTY YEARS AGO

TWAIN, Mark [CLEMENS, Samuel]

New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885. First Edition. Hardcover. Hinges fine; some rubbing to gilt on the spine and a little to the cloth, mostly to the rear cover. Contents lightly foxed. Light wear to spine tips and corners. Very Good or better. Original decorated green cloth. With 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble. BAL 3415: With first issue points of pages 13, 57, and 143; second issue of title page, frontispiece, and page 155; and fourth issue of page 283. Also with McBride's first issue point on page 143. Recent Twain scholarship convincingly establishes three changes from the printing plates of the first printing of 30,000 copies and later printings: 1) an erroneous page reference "88" on page 13 later changed to "87" (BAL's point 2); 2) the misprint "with the was" on page 57 later corrected to "with the saw" (BAL's point 3); and 3) the misprint "Decided" on page 9 later changed to "Decides" (not noted by BAL). This copy has all three first printing points. Nineteenth century pink paper bookplate on the front pastedown with the word "Wing" and the number "1783.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Salesman's Prospectus/dummy

Twain, Mark

New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Salesman's Dummy. Cloth. A salesman's prospectus/dummy for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Original green cloth, half-title with Kemble illustration on verso, portrait bust heliotype after Gephardt, title page, notice, explanatory, contents, list of illustrations and 39 leaves of text, with numerous illustrations after Kemble, 2 page advertisment for the present title, and subscriber's blanks at rear. Publisher's green cloth, covers stamped in gilt and black, spine design stamped on rear cover; peach endpapers. A rare example of the salesman's dummy for Twain's greatest work - only 2 copies are in the auction record. The title page and page 283 are integral; in the list of illustrations the one captioned "Him and another Man" is incorrectly listed on page 88 (first state). Older repair at spine ends, tips worn through. The two samples of spines of alternate leather bindings are absent from front pastedown. The text is very good.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark

Charles Webster, 1885 First Edition. There are several printing variations or "states" of this first edition, and this is the last corrected state of the first edition with the points corrected. This book measures 8 3/4" x 6 3/4" with 366 pages. It is in nice condition with some wear to the binding, and edges. The binding is tight, and the boards are clean with light rubbing. The pages are exceptionally clean for this title. This book has all "one hundred and seventy-four illustrations" by E. W. Kemble as required for the first edition, and the frontispiece tissue guard is present. There is no writing, foxing, or bookplates in the book. Overall, an attractive copy of this scarce first edition that has held up well over the years.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN,; (Tom Sawyer's Comrad), with 174 illustrations (by E. W. Kemble)

TWAIN, Mark

London: Chatto & Windus, 1884. First English edition. Kemble. Second state (bound with staples) Bound in publisher's red cloth stamped in black and gilt, recased with the original spine laid down, repaired at the extremities, rear flyleaf in facsimile. (When this was recased, it was sewn in the conventional manner as the first issue, but this was originally stapled). Some discoloring to the upper right corner of the front board. 32 page catalogue of publisher's adv. dated October 1884. A very good tight clean copy. BAL 3414. Scarce. This preceeded the US edition.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Twain, Mark [Samuel L. Clemens]. [WITH ALMOST ALL FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE POINTS].

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Octavo. 366pp. First edition. Earliest issue, with almost all first issue points: page 13: the illustration captioned 'Him and another Man' listed at p. 88 (BAL first state); the eleventh line from the bottom of p. 57 reads '...with the was...' (BAL first state); page 155 with final 5 "stamped in" by hand, and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, "heliotype" imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso; page 9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" (later corrected to "Decides"); page143: "I" in "Col." (line 1) missing and "b" in "body" (line 7) broken; and no signature mark '11' at page 161. The final leaf is a blank. Publisher's original sheepskin with the red-and-black lettering labels on the spine. Spine repaired, however, this is one of the finest sheep bindings we have seen on this book. It is estimated that only 2500 copies were issued in this binding. With 174 black-and-white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. .

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885 First Edition, First Printing. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION with the important First Issue point with the table cloth visible underneath the Twain bust. Later printings do NOT show the table cloth. This copy is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green cloth with some repair. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight and with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor foxing. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. This copy has the earliest First Issue points according to BAL "Frontispiece of Twain with cloth visible under bust, "Page 9 Chapter VI "Huck Decided" instead of "Decides" "Him and Another Man" listed incorrectly on p.88 rather than Page 87, "Page 57, 11 lines from bottom "with the was" rather than "with the saw" "Page 155" with the 5 missing "Page 143 First word, the letter "L" missing from "Col" An attractive copy in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

Twain, Mark

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.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885 First Edition, First Printing with the earliest First Issue points according to BAL. A beautiful copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green cloth. A wonderful copy with some repair. The binding is tight with NO cocks or leans. The pages are clean with slight discoloration to the pages. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's condition with a custom acetate dustjacket to protect the book.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine.

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.] ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. First edition, first printing, second state of frontispiece, and with the rare first state of the illustration at page 283 (found in the first state only in some copies in the leather bindings). Original full sheep, red and black double labels, gilt. Expertly rebacked, heavy foxing and stains in text, but a good copy in the rarest textaul state. The first printing of the first edition was 30,000 copies, of which 2,500 were in this sheep binding; but only some copies have the earliest state of page 283 (before the illustration was famously altered to look obscene). More than a century of bannings, scholarly debates, and subsequent masterpieces by other great writers have still not changed the fact that this is the great American novel. BAL 3415. Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-6. Grolier American Hundred 87.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Tom Sawyer's Comrade

Twain, Mark

New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1885. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first issue. (The first American edition in cloth. All definitive points present: p. 9 has "Decided" instead of "Decides"; p. 13 lists illustration on p. 88 "Him and another Man"; p. 57 error "with the was" 11 lines up from bottom of text. Frontispiece has table with tablecloth visible under bust, Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; last digit stamped on p. 155 page number, extending slightly below; correct trade issue straight fly on pg. 283. Title leaf is conjugate, copyright page dated 1884. Pg. 143 has "l" in "Col." missing. No signature mark on p. 161.) 366 pp. Original pictorial green cloth stamped in black and gilt. A Very Good copy. Small chip to cloth on front board, edge rubbing, cloth at tail chipped and a little frayed, tips worn, a few small scratches. Front and rear hinges cracked, name in pencil on paste down, some light marginal reading stains and corner creases, tissue guard missing half. An unsophisticated copy of the classic American novel with fairly bright gilt.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark

Webster, 1885 First Edition, First Printing with mixed points. An attractive copy of this original binding that is vibrant in color with light rubbing to the panels. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of this first edition housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Trades and offers welcomed.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

Twain, Mark

New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Hard Cover. Near Fine. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION, first state in uncommon variant binding of blue cloth. It has been rebacked with the original blue cloth boards attached and title strip laid down. The author and title are in black and gilt on the spine and front board. The cover also has a blind-stamped illustration of Huck in black and gilt. Minor wear to corners, darkening to board edges, and rubbing to boards. There is a photo-gravure portrait bust of Twain with facsimile signature, frontis illustration, and 174 text illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Lacks tissue guard between frontispieces. Light dampstain to corner of photo-gravure page. The interior is clean overall with occasional foxing and occasional spots of soiling, mostly to margins. Modern endpapers. Altogether a desirable copy of this milestone of American literature. 366 pages. LIT/092519.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark

New York & London:: Charles L. Webster,, 1885. Near Fine. First American Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. This is a wonderful copy of the First US edition, final state with the following issue points: Title page is bound in; illustration list p87; "with the saw;" p155, final "5" is present in different font; p.283 trouser illustration redone and page bound-in; photogravure frontis portrait; p.l43, "L" in Col present and "b" in body corrected. Contemporary owner's signature in neat hand on ffep. 174 text illustrations. A beautiful fresh and bright copy with only very slight wear to lower corners and foot of spine. A later issue of this classic but in pristine condition.. First Edition. Orignal Green Cloth. Near Fine. 8vo..

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).

TWAIN, Mark.

New York:: Charles L. Webster and Company,, 1885.. First edition; first printing with the following points: p. 13 in first state; p. 57 in first state; p. 155 in first state; title page a cancel; p. 283 integral; frontispiece in second state; p. 283 in State C.. publisher's decorated green cloth.. Foxing to fore-edge and preliminaries; some moderate use to cloth at the top and bottom of the spine; a very good copy with the gold decoration in attractive condition.. 8vo,.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

New York: Charles L. Webster And Company, 1885. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo (8-1/2" x 6-1/2"). 366pp. Publisher's blue cloth covers. Rebacked with original covers (please see pictures) and new endpapers yet retaining the original free endpapers (with PO name and address in pencil to the first). The rest of the text block is tight and unmarked. Unfortunately, the original blue cloth spine was not able to be saved and was replaced with new blue cloth and simple gilt titles. Frontispiece portrait (imprint of Heliotype with tablecloth visible) without tissue, p.9 "decided", p.13 "88", p.57 "with the was", p 143 the l in Col missing and the b on line 7 is in broken type, final five on p.155 is lower. BAL 3415, Grolier 100 American.

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