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Lot 219: Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.

1014: Rare Books & Manuscripts

by Addison & Sarova Auctioneers

November 5, 2016

Macon, GA, USA

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  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, 1st Ed.
   
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Description: Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens.) ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. NY: Charles Webster, 1885. 8.75" x 6.75". Frontis and 366 pp. First Edition. Bound in publisher's green pictorial gilt-stamped cloth, smartly rebacked in green cloth with title and upper portion laid on. In slipcase. Cloth with some spotting along portion of front board and staining to lower corners. Former owner's inkstamp to front blank (E. S. Cowles), two leaves with short 1/4" closed marginal tears, else contents quite clean, Very Good. ********************************************************* First Edition with the following first state points: pg. 13 with illustration caption incorrectly numbered 88, page 57 reads "with the was," with "Decided" on pg. 9, and no signature mark on page 161. Many of the traditionally accepted points of issue for this work are now known to be unnecessarily complex. The first printing of 30,000 copies were printed on different presses and this caused some minor variations in the first printings due to plate damage. Only three changes of consequence were made after the first printing. As noted above, the present example contains the 3 major issue points. The "88" on page 13 was corrected to "87," "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw" on page 57, and "decided" was corrected to "decides" in the subsequent issues. As with all cloth-bound copies, page 283 in this example is a cancel with the more modest illustration. This copy has the later state of the frontispiece with the sculptor's name present on the edge of the bust; however, the frontis was printed separately and inserted at random, and it has no bearing on the books' priority. [BAL 3415; Grolier, 100 American, 87; Kevin MacDonnell, "Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers," Firsts, vol. 8, no. 9 (Sept. 1998), pp. 28–35.]

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