THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
Mark Twain; 1884/1885; First Edition, Early Issue; Charles L. Webster; Illustrated by E. W. Kemble; 366 Pages; 6.9"x 8.9"; Extremely Rare!!!
Great for any Travel/History Fan or Collector. Highly Collectible; Great Gift Idea; On just sold for over $10,800.00 at Auction 11/21/13 including Buyer's Premium!!!
The book exhibits the following states:
Title leaf is a cancel with copyright notice dated 1884 (second state, but the first state was only seen in a prospectus and set of advance sheets - no copies of the first state have been observed in the published edition); heading for chapter 6 reads "Huck Decided" instead of "Huck Decides"; the illustration captioned "Him and another man" is listed on page 88; "with the was" on p. 57; final 5 p. 155 lacking; signature mark 11 missing on p. 161; final leaf is blank; frontispiece portrait table cloth not visible, Karl Gerhardt on side, and Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; pg. 283 corrected pant fly. Other points are disputed as printings were bound haphazardly.
Subscribers who had already purchased Tom Sawyer, and wanted a binding to match, were invited to request a blue cloth binding on Huck instead of the publisher’s green. This is one of those blue bindings—20 times rarer than the green.
A Charming, sleek and Rare Blue Cloth Cover design to Match "Tom Sawyer" as opposed to the more common Green Cloth, with pretty Gold/Black Labeling/Pictorials to front/binding, with a Great Frontispiece Bust of Twain, and over 170 other Brilliant Illustrations and a Legendary Classic Read!!!
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in England in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written in the vernacular, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Satirizing a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist about twenty years before the work was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
Twain was popular, and his wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers. Upon his death he was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".
Condition is Good/Very Good. Cover darker in person, some wear to edges, top/bottom of spine cloth, few marks to back board/few small marks to front, most pages are good, some blemishes here and there throughout mainly to margins/first/last end pages, right upper edge of first 100 pages or so have a very small 1 or 2mm slice, couple pages stick out a tiny bit but secure, some glue added to inner spine, hinges/text block are very good. Overall, for over 125 years old its in Good/Very Good Condition!!!