Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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'All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn' (Ernest Hemingway)

The rare first US edition, first impression, of one of the great classics of American literature. One of the jewels of rare book collecting.

This copy has the relevant first printing points: at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" for "Decides", at p. 13 the page reference "88" for the plate "Him and Another Man", and at p. 57, line 23, the misprint "with the was" for "with the saw". These are the only points to distinguish between the first two printings; other textual variants between copies are due to the use of multiple plates and have no relevance for priority. This copy has the first state frontispiece with the table cloth visible and unsigned on the finished edge of the bust, the second state cancel title leaf (as always save for advance copies), and pages 283/284 with the later state illustration of Uncle Silas (as always with cloth copies), updated as it was so objectionable that it had to be removed. These points do not have bearing on priority of issue, nor does the binding (other copies being bound in leather, and in blue cloth), with the whole first printing issued on the same day in February 1885.

First US edition, first impression, publishers original green pictorial cloth, 173 text illustrations after E. W. Kemble. A very good to near-fine example with minor rubbing to the binding.

Published by Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885.