1885. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
Small 4to, 366 pp. with 174 black and white illustrations including frontispiece, portrait frontispiece with tissue guard. Original green pictorial cloth with gilt decoration to spine and upper cover, binding lightly rubbed, board tips and backstrips a touch worn, endpapers renewed(?), overall a very handsome copy in a custom morocco box.
§ First American edition of Twain's classic tale. With all the first state points (save the one point present in publisher's binding only): title leaf a cancel, with copyright notice dated 1884; illustration captioned "Him and another Man" listed as at p. 88; eleventh line from the bottom of p. 57 reading "with the was"; p. 283 a cancel, with the fly a straight vertical line (the curved fly has been found only in prospectuses and leatherbound copies, and no copy has been found with the defaced plate); p. 155 missing the final 5; no signature mark on p. 161; and with portrait frontispiece by Heliotype Printing Company with tablecloth visible. BAL 3415. “This great picaresque tale, the sequel to Tom Sawyer, is purer gold mined from the same vein as its predecessor… ” (Grolier 100 American Books, 87). A very desirable copy, with virtually all first state points, bright and fresh in original cloth. Item #122743