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[CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.]. "MARK TWAIN" (Pseudonym)
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. WITH ITS ORIGINAL SALESMAN'S DUMMY
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. FIRST EDITION, with issue points from various editions (title page in BAL State 2; pp. 13 and 57 State 1; p. 155 in State 3; p. 283 in State 4). 221 x 165 mm. (8 5/8 x 6 1/2"). 366 pp.; 19, [75] pp. irregularly numbered, as always, [1] leaf ads, [8] leaves of subscription forms (entirely blank). Two separately issued but obviously related volumes. Both in publisher's original pictorial green cloth (the novel with older repair to rear hinge). Prospectus with samples of other bindings mounted on front pastedown. Housed together in a custom calf-backed clamshell box. With frontispiece portrait of the author in BAL's first state, and 174 illustrations in the text. Front pastedown of novel with a couple of newspaper articles related to Twain pasted on; another article about Twain's estate laid in. Prospectus with ink stamp of Rev. Wm. Grant Fritz in margin of portrait. BAL 3415. The novel proper with minor wear at spine ends (where the green cloth has lost some of its color, as almost always), spine with a hint of dulling, covers slightly soiled and marked, but the binding solid and still appealing, with nothing detracting seriously from its appearance, and, in all, an excellent copy, with only negligible internal imperfections. The salesman's dummy with small stain to upper cover (touching "Y" in title) and a bit of chafing, but still A VERY FINE SPECIMEN, with only insignificant signs of use.This is an extraordinarily appealing combination of an early state of the first edition of what is generally considered to be the great Am … [Click Below for Full Description]
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