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Mark Twain
Belford Brothers, Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1877, RARE
Toronto: Belford Brothers, 1877. RARE. Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This Canadian edition book age is between 1876 to 1878 as the Belford Brothers Publishers of Toronto operated during those years. They are know as part of the Canadian piracy preceding the American edition of Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Includes Belford ads. It is believed to be 1877. In very good condition. See photos for condition and appreciation. There is pencil writing on first page. There are some staining on some pages. Shipped USPS Media. In 1876, the publishing firm of Belford Brothers was established. Their stock-in-trade was the publication of cheap, pirated reprints of popular British and American authors, notably Mark Twain. The first Canadian Copyright Act of 1872 had been disallowed, but the act of 1875 made it legal to reprint in Canada any American book not coming under the imperial copyright act of 1842, which protected editions published first in the British Isles, or not registered in the Department of Agriculture, Ottawa, within 30 days of publication in the United States. The Belfords' publishing venture was within the law. At the same time, however, it was in part a reprisal against American publishers who pirated British authors and harmed their Canadian counterparts by flooding the market with cheap reprints. Belford Brothers published unauthorized editions of American subscription books which did not conform to the Canadian act of 1875 and sold them to retail outlets by mail order at prices undercutting the American editions. Thus they turned the tables on American publishers who indign … [Click Below for Full Description]
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