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Mark Twain First Edition Collection Set; The: Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Published by Charles L. Webster & Co.; The American Publishing Company, Harper & Brothers; etc., New York; etc. (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster & Co.; The American Publishing Company, Harper & Brothers; etc., New York; etc., 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. For sale is an unprecedented Mark Twain first edition collection. All 54 of the books in this Mark Twain set are first editions, first printings, and first issues. There is one book signed by Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", a signed limited edition bound in leather, of which only 512 copies were made. Other highlights include: "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" Twain's very first book published in 1867, one of only 1,000 copies; "The Gilded Age" published in 1873, this being the only copy with all first issue points currently available online; "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" published in 1876, the first UK edition which preceded the American publication by six months; "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" published in 1885; "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" published in 1889, a rare copy with all 3 first issue points present; and "Tom Sawyer Abroad; Tom Sawyer, Detective and Other Stories" published in 1896, one of only 1,000 copies of the first edition. Determining whether a Mark Twain book is a first edition, is a very difficult and tedious process. Many books had to be returned because just one of the ten first issue points were lacking. A complete description of the bibliographic and condition details of the 54 books are available upon request. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 003003

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark (Clemens)

Twain, Mark (Clemens)

Published by Charles L. Webster (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a laid in signature. This First Edition book has the original boards that are in nice shape with light wear to the spine and panels. The binding is tight, and the panels are crisp with slight wear to the edges. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. We buy Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-6299521585

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About this Item: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1929. The Memorial edition, one of 90 copies bound with an original Mark Twain manuscript page. Octavo, 37 volumes, bound in half morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, plates. The leaf paged "43" includes notes regarding a "whisky conspiracy" against soldiers' health and morals, among other ink jottings. In fine condition. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). "High and fine literature is wine," Twain once wrote, "and mine is only water; but everybody likes water." This beautiful edition of Twain's complete novels, essays and sketches attests to the enduring popularity and power of his works--many of which, despite their author's protestation to the contrary, have come to be regarded as among the finest vintage American literature offers. Among other classics, the set includes A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Seller Inventory # 5103

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark [Clemens,

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

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About this Item: Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. The very rare first edition in publisher's sheepskin, with the first issue point of the original drawing with the unaltered fly. Signed and dated by the author on a laid-in small card. Very good condition, front cover partially detached from spine. Previous owner's inscription on 2nd front free end paper. Housed in a handsome quarter-leather custom-make collector's clamshell case. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 108077

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Twain, Mark

Published by Charles L. Webster and Company (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition. Publisher's original 1/2 leather, with page edges, pastedowns, and endpapers all marbled. One of just 500 copies printed (Raptis Rare Books, internet article, March 2014) and comes with a copy of the infamous "priapic plate", one of 100 proof copies made by Merle Johnson from an original leaf from an unbound copy found in the collection of Willard S. Morse.///LAID in is a hand written response, declining an invitation, on a folded Quarry Farm labeled note, dated "Sept. 17/03", and SIGNED, "S. L. Clemens". (Quarry Farm was the home of Susan Langdon Crane, sister of Mark Twain's wife Olivia, and often the summer residence of the Twains. Mark Twain wrote, at least in part, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn while at Quarry Farm). The note sheet was created with a fold to yield 4 writing surfaces although this message is confined solely to the letterhead panel; The note was then manually folded, horizontally. It was written 5 weeks prior to the Twain family leaving for Italy and was penned during the last summer they spent together at Quarry Farm, as Olivia died in Italy the following June. ///CONDITION OF THE NOTE: Very good-near fine, with a touch of toning, faint soiling, two miniscule specks on the letterhead panel, the faint horizontal crease, and light peeling on the rear panel where it had been affixed to some other surface. ///CONDITION OF THE BOOK: The spine and corners have been professionally restored (corners still showing the bumped tips) and the marbled surfaces have some scratches and nicks. Interior condition problems: 1.) The pastedown/endpaper hinges have been reinforced, 2.) the front endpaper has a 1/8"x 1/4" upper corner chip, 3.) there is scattered light foxing on the front and rear the preliminary pages, 4.) leaves 3-18 have areas of (food?) staining heaviest on page 17 with bleeding back to the copyright page and finally vanishing on page 36, 5.) the bottom corner of page 23-24 has a 1/2"x7/8" chip. 6.) the rest of the text has occasional soiling, some perimeter stains, a few tipped corners, one dog-eared page, and most pages have light perimeter toning. ///ISSUE POINTS: The tissue guarded front plate is second state with no cloth visible under the bust. The title/copyright leaf is integral (lack of uniform opinion on this point), "Him and another man" is incorrectly listed at page 88 (instead of page 87 where it appears), page 57 has "with the was" on line 11 from the bottom, page 143 is missing the "l" in "Col." (which is part of the illustration at the top line of the text) and has the broken "b"in "body" on line 7, the final 5 of page 155 is lacking (again, lacks consensus), the illustration on page 283 is bound in with the noticeable curve on the fly of Silas Phelp's trousers, and the final leaf is blank. ///CONDITION OF THE PROOF PLATE: The plate is lightly toned and there are some creases, and a small hole (1/8" x 1/16") on the right edge; repaired on the verso with a small piece of tape. ///OVERALL: in spite of the aforementioned flaws, this is a very good and quite scarce 130 year old volume. Several of these leather bound copies are in university and library collections, while others have surely been destroyed or lost, leaving precious few for private collections. Signed. Seller Inventory # 16011801

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Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by Charles Webster (1885)

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About this Item: Charles Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a laid in card. An attractive copy of this first edition with the gold lettering still present on the boards and spine. The book is in nice shape with light wear to the edges and corners. Overall, a sharp clean copy with the following First Edition points, Table Cloth present, "Him and Another Man" listed incorrectly, "with the was" and P. 155 lettering with 5 mis print. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Mark Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1152546405

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TWAIN, Mark [CLEMENS, Samuel]

Published by Charles L. Webster & Company, New York (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster & Company, New York, 1885. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. Publisher's library binding of full sheep, the scarcest of the bindings for this title, here very skillfully rebacked retaining the original leather spine labels. With 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble. BAL 3415. Earliest issue for four points of BAL's seven points and with McBride's point. Recent Twain scholarship convincingly establishes three changes from the printing plates of the first printing of 30,000 copies and later printings: 1) an erroneous page reference "88" on page 13 later changed to "87" (BAL's point 2); 2) the misprint "with the was" on page 57 later corrected to "with the saw" (BAL's point 3); and 3) the misprint "Decided" on page 9 later changed to "Decides" (not noted by BAL). This copy has all three first printing points as well as most of the earliest points for BAL, lacking only the conjugate title page and having the conjugate page 283 with the vertical fly and the frontispiece with the credit to Heliotype but without the scarf. Hinges tight. Internally a very clean copy and very unusual as such. Light wear to corners, faint tape stains to boards. Near Fine. Seller Inventory # 003426

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Twain Mark

Published by New York Charles L. Webster 1885 (1885)

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About this Item: New York Charles L. Webster 1885, 1885. First edition. First Issue. With 174 black and white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Large 8vo, original publisher's sheep binding with the red and black lettering labels on the spine. It is estimated that only 2500 copies were issued in this binding. 366 pp. A very pleasing and handsome copy. Light, expert and unobtrusive refurbishment to the joints. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND GREATEST BOOKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. A very handsome copy with the following earliest setting states as listed by BAL: "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88, BAL's first state; page 57, eleventh line from the bottom reads ".with the was.," BAL's first state; page 155 with final 5 "stamped in" by hand (see Underhill), and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, "heliotype" imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso, p.9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" (later corrected to "Decides"), p.143: "I" in "Col." (line 1) missing and "b" in "body" (line 7) broken, p. 161: signature mark "11" is missing, final leaf is a blank. Very rare with this many first issue points. The sheep bindings are generally in poor condition, but this copy is still quite nice. Along with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn is considered the stepping stone to modern American literature. And along with Tom Sawyer, for the first time, the hero of the novel was a boy. These books are landmarks and Hemingway often offered his opinion that the modern novel would have been impossible without them. With Whitman s Leaves of Grass and Melville s Moby Dick, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future. Seller Inventory # 8529

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Clemens, Samuel]. Twain, Mark

Published by New York: Charles Webster, 1885 (1885)

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About this Item: New York: Charles Webster, 1885, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY, of Twain's masterpiece; one of the cornerstones of American Literature. ALL THE ACCEPTED FIRST STATE POINTS for cloth copies. Frontispiece and 173 text illustrations by E. W. Kemble, photogravure plate of a portrait bust by Karl Gerhardt (first state). With the following state points: page 13 incorrectly lists "Him and another man" on p.88; p.57, 11th line from the bottom reads "with the was"; final "5" missing on p. 155; p.283 a cancel; frontispiece with cloth visible and Heliotype imprint; copyright page dated 1884. BAL 3415. NEW YORK: CHARLES WEBSTER, 1885. Octavo, original green cloth gilt; custom slipcase and chemise. Front hinge tender, a few small spots of wear to extremities. Gilt bright, cloth clean. An excellent copy. Seller Inventory # ABE-11256667937

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Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by Charles Webster, New York (1885)

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About this Item: Charles Webster, New York, 1885. First American Edition. Octavo. Frontispiece of Huckleberry Finn, portrait in first state, title page a cancel, 366pp., illustrated, final blank leaf, pg. 13 with "him and another" as listed as at p. 88, pg. 57 reads "with the was", final five in 155 is lower. A clean bright copy in original green pictorial gilt cloth, pale pink endpapers. Two small news clippings tipped in, one refers to the $200,000 sale of a signed copy of Twain's work, the other relates to his estate and his daughter, old bookseller's description mounted to upper front free endpaper, and laid in is a short typed description to the present volume by the firm Hamill and Barker of Chicago. Francis Hamill and Margery Barker were two very well known women booksellers of Chicago. They sold a rare copy of the 15th century Gutenberg Bible to the Lilly Library. They introduced Virginia Woolf to the Americans and over a thirteen year span, they also purchased manuscripts, twenty-five diaries and various letters belonging to Virginia Woolf. Francis Hamill was also the first woman president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. While the rear hinge is cracked, the book itself shows very minor wear to spine ends and corners without any restorations. [together with] The original green pictorial gilt cloth prospectus, with the copyright and title page dated 1885, blank order sheets at rear, morocco and calf binding samples at front. A near fine copy of this very uncommon prospectus showing only minor spots of rubbing to spine ends and corners. A superb set housed together within a custom leather backed clamshell. [BAL 3415]. Seller Inventory # 019707

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by Charles L. Webster (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The original full sheepskin edition. First Edition, first printing, with all of the earliest first issue points, and the only edition with the censored illustration (with the bulging fly) on page 283 (the original conjugate page, not the cancel that appears in all other first editions). Book very good, leather cracking along spine to front cover, as well as a little on other side of spine to rear cover; some water damage to rear cover, and rubbing on covers. The scarcest and earliest version of this title. With 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble. BAL 3415. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Seller Inventory # 1607209

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

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About this Item: Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the important first issue points. The points present are: Heliotype Printing Co. imprint is present, the heading for chapter 6, on p. 9 reads "decided(later this was corrected to "Decides"; on p. 13 "him and another man" reference is to p. 88 not 87; p. 57, 11 lines up, says ".with the was." not .with the saw.; P. 143 in line 7 down from the top part of b in "body" is missing; on p. 155 there is a font difference in the final 5 in 155. A beautiful copy that has minor wear to the edges and corners. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation and presentation. We buy Twain First Editions. Seller Inventory # ABE-7002616569

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade): TWAIN, Mark; (CLEMENS,

TWAIN, Mark; (CLEMENS, Samuel L.)

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

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About this Item: New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885, 1885. First American Edition of "Huckleberry Finn," First PrintingA Near Fine and Untouched CopyTWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.First American edition, with the following "traditional" bibliographical points: the title-page is a cancel, with the copyright notice dated 1884 (BAL second state, with the first state only noted in publisher's prospectuses and advanced sheets); p. [13], the illustration captioned "Him and another Man" is incorrectly listed as at p. 88 (BAL first state); p. 57, the eleventh line from the bottom reads "with the was" instead of "with the saw" (BAL first state); p. 283 is a cancel, with the engraving redone and the line indicating the fly on Silas Phelps's trousers a straight vertical line (BAL third state, the earliest known to appear in cloth-bound copies of the book); p. 155, the final "5" in the pagination is missing (BAL first state); the frontispiece portrait has the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Co. and the tablecloth, or scarf, on which the bust rests not visible (BAL second state). Octavo (8 7/16 x 6 9/16 inches; 210 x 167 mm.). 366, [2, blank] pp. Inserted frontispiece portrait and wood-engraved text illustrations. Complete with the final blank leaf (signature 23/8).Original dark green cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt and black on front cover and spine. Original pale peach endpapers. The absolute minimum of rubbing to corners and spine extremities. Tiny tear (1/4 inch) in the lower blank margin of leaf 7/1 (pp. 97/98). Occasional very minor marginal soiling. An exceptionally bright and totally untouched copy. Chemised in a quarter olive morocco over marbled boards slipcase."In November [1884], after the first printing was finished and before the second printing of 10,000 copies was begun (the third printing of another 10,000 copies did not follow until March, 1885), the plates were corrected to reflect three changes in the text: at page 13 the erroneous page reference '88' was changed to '87'; at page 57 the misprint 'with the was' was corrected to 'with the saw'; and at page 9 [the 'Contents' leaf] the misprint 'Decided' was corrected to 'Decides.' This last change was overlooked by Johnson, BAL, and every other bibliographer, but was noted by the Iowa-Berkeley editors of HUCK FINN. Because these three changes are documented as having been made between the first and second printings, they can absolutely distinguish the first and second printing sheets from each other. While mixing of sheets can sometimes occur during the collating or binding process, no copy of HUCK FINN has been found that does not have all three of these changes present, or all three absent. That strongly suggests that no mixing of first and second printing sheets took place. Unlike those changes made between the two printings, the corrections made to the plates during the course of the first printing are of no use in distinguishing between the two printings?By early November, the sheets of HUCK FINN were being forwarded for binding, and within a week or two it was discovered that the illustration at page 283 had been altered in the master plate to make it appear as if Uncle Silas was exposing his penis?By the time the ribald alteration (that's BAL's term, not mine) was discovered, the first printing was finished, and some sheets may have been in bindings, some sheets had been gathered and sewn, and some were collated but not yet sewn?No copies of the book, in cloth or in leather, show clear evidence of having had page 283 cancelled after binding. All surviving copies that contain the cancelled page, when closely examined, show evidence that the cancel took place after the sheets were sewn, but before they were nipped and trimmed for casing into the binding?In addition to the obscene illustration, a change was made in the plate for the copyright page, correcting the copyright date f. Seller Inventory # 03954

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Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by Charles L. Webster & Company (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Near fine first edition with 1884 on copyright page and 1885 on title page. The book was originally scheduled for release in December 1884, but problems with printing and illustrations delayed the U.S. release until 1885. Matches all earliest issue points for cloth, including: a. Page 9, "Huck Decided. b. Page 13 "Him and another man" listed as p. 88 and Heliotype Printing Co. imprint is present. Shelfwear at spine edges. Housed in blue clamshell slip case. Seller Inventory # 1803020

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.: Mark Twain) Clemens,

Mark Twain) Clemens, Samuel L

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

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. First edition, first issue of Twain's masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher's three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher's leather bindings are quite rare: "The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise" (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition, rebacked with light rubbing to extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example. Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huckleberry Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Hudson River, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Twain composed the story in pen on notepaper between 1876 and 1883. Paul Needham, stated, "What you see is [Clemens'] attempt to move away from pure literary writing to dialect writing." For example, Twain revised the opening line of Huck Finn three times. He initially wrote, "You will not know about me", which he changed to, "You do not know about me", before settling on the final version, "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter." The revisions also show how Twain reworked his material to strengthen the characters of Huck and Jim, as well as his sensitivity to the then-current debate over literacy and voting. Ernest Hemingway once declared about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It s the best book we ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since.". Seller Inventory # 73064

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The Writings of Mark Twain. (Including The: Twain, Mark, Samuel

About this Item: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. The Definitive Edition, one of 1024 numbered sets, with volume one signed by Mark Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive edition and signed 1024 single leaves in 1906 in anticipation of this edition. Octavo, 37 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels. In near fine condition. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). Seller Inventory # 81192

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by Charles L. Webster (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A very good first edition, first issue in the rare sheepskin binding which has been recased with a new spine. Housed in a custom-made collector's clamshell case with a leather spine. First edition. First Issue. With 174 black and white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Large 8vo, original publisher's sheep binding with the red and black lettering labels on the spine. It is estimated that only 2500 copies were issued in this binding. 366 pp. A very pleasing and handsome copy. Light, expert and unobtrusive refurbishment to the joints and new matching spine. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND GREATEST BOOKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. A very handsome copy with the following earliest setting states as listed by BAL: "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88, BAL's first state; page 57, eleventh line from the bottom reads ".with the was.," BAL's first state; page 155 with final 5 "stamped in" by hand (see Underhill), and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, "heliotype" imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso, p.9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" (later corrected to "Decides"), p.143: "I" in "Col." (line 1) missing and "b" in "body" (line 7) broken, p. 161: signature mark "11" is missing, final leaf is a blank. Very rare with this many first issue points. The sheep bindings are generally in poor condition, but this copy is still quite nice. Along with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn is considered the stepping stone to modern American literature. And along with Tom Sawyer, for the first time, the hero of the novel was a boy. These books are landmarks and Hemingway often offered his opinion that the modern novel would have been impossible without them. With Whitman s Leaves of Grass and Melville s Moby Dick, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future. Seller Inventory # 1308149

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).: TWAIN, Mark.

TWAIN, Mark.

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

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About this Item: New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885, 1885. Octavo (214 x 164 mm). Publisher's half morocco, marbled edges, gilt rules to covers, spine lettered gilt with gilt decorated compartments, marbled endpapers. Spine sunned, extremities and tips worn, covers a little scuffed, some foxing and marks to contents. An excellent copy. Photogravure portrait frontispiece (second state, with the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Company and with "Karl Gerhardt, Sc." added to the finished edge of the shoulder), illustrated throughout with 173 text illustrations after E. W. Kemble. First US edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the publishers to Daniel Whitford, Clemens's lawyer: "To Daniel Whitford, with regards of the publisher, Chas. L. Webster. New York, February 21st, 1885." Daniel Whitford, attorney for New York firm Alexander & Green, acted for Webster & Company and was also retained by Clemens several times. He acted for Clemens in the highly publicised lawsuit over the dramatisation of the Prince and the Pauper by Abby Sage Richardson. In 1890, Clemens and the producer, Daniel Frohman, were sued by Edward H. House, who claimed that Richardson's adaptation was plagiarised from House's dramatisation of the novel, written for Clemens years before. Frohman paid House from Clemens's royalties to prevent the closure of the play; in turn, Clemens sued Frohman for his royalties (amounting to five or six thousand dollars) in 1894. Much bibliographical confusion has been generated by Huckleberry Finn. In fact, only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57 the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides". This copy has all these in first state. The frontispiece was printed separately, inserted at random, and has no relation to the order of the printed sheets. At some stage it was realised that the Uncle Silas illustration on page 283 had been mischievously tampered with and was cancelled. In this copy, the illustration is in second state. Copies in the original half morocco binding are the least often met with. Less than two weeks before publication, the publisher Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in half morocco. Webster's own copy, also half morocco, was dated by him as having been received from the binder on 26 November 1884. BAL 3415; Grolier, 100 American, 87; Johnson, pp. 43-50; Kevin MacDonnell, "Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers," Firsts; The Book Collector's Magazine, Volume 8, Number 9 (September 1998), pp. 28-35. Seller Inventory # 110564

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Huckleberry Finn: Mark Twain

Mark Twain

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About this Item: Charles Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition.. sheepskin Binding, in lovely clamshell, binding is restored,and rebacked,following earliest setting states as listed by BAL: "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88, BAL's first state; page 57, eleventh line from the bottom reads ".with the was.," BAL's first state; page 155 with final 5 "stamped in" by hand (see Underhill), and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, "heliotype" imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso, p.9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" (later corrected to "Decides"), p.143: "I" in "Col." (line 1) missing and "b" in "body" (line 7) broken, p. 161: signature mark "11" is missing, final leaf is a blank. Very rare with this many first issue points magnificent copy in beautiful clamshell case, one of the highlights of literature. copyright date is 1884 Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # ABE-1508979289698

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.: Mark Twain (Clemens,

Mark Twain (Clemens, Samuel L.)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. First edition, first issue of Twain's masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher's three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher's leather bindings are quite rare: "The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions Leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise" (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition, rebacked with light rubbing to the bottom cloth. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example. Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huckleberry Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Hudson River, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Twain composed the story in pen on notepaper between 1876 and 1883. Paul Needham, stated, "What you see is [Clemens'] attempt to move away from pure literary writing to dialect writing." For example, Twain revised the opening line of Huck Finn three times. He initially wrote, "You will not know about me", which he changed to, "You do not know about me", before settling on the final version, "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter." The revisions also show how Twain reworked his material to strengthen the characters of Huck and Jim, as well as his sensitivity to the then-current debate over literacy and voting. Ernest Hemingway once declared about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It s the best book we ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since.". Seller Inventory # 5085

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.: Mark Twain) Clemens,

Mark Twain) Clemens, Samuel L

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. First edition, first issue of Mark Twain's masterpiece. Bound in contemporary full blue morocco by Bayntun Riviere, Cosway-style binding with Mark Twain portrait medallion under glass, fleuron cornerpiece designs within gilt frames, raised bands, gilt decor to the spine, front and rear panels, all edges gilt, front cover and spine faded slightly, front joint repaired, wide gilt turn-ins, silk moir? endpapers. An exceptional example. Subscribers who had already purchased Tom Sawyer, and wanted a binding to match, were invited to request a blue cloth binding on Huckleberry Finn instead of the publisher's green. This is one of those blue bindings--twenty times more rare than the green. This copy has all of the commonly identified first issue points (copies were assembled haphazardly by the printer and there is yet to be agreement among bibliographers as to the priority of many points). First issue points include page [9] with "Decided"; p. [13], illustration caption incorrect and p. 57 ("with the was"), p. 155 (final 5 absent), all first states; and p. 283 state 4. BAL 3415; Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-76; MacDonnell, Firsts, vol. 8, no. 7/8, 1998, p. 31. Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huckleberry Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Hudson River, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Twain composed the story in pen on notepaper between 1876 and 1883. Paul Needham, stated, "What you see is [Clemens'] attempt to move away from pure literary writing to dialect writing." For example, Twain revised the opening line of Huck Finn three times. He initially wrote, "You will not know about me", which he changed to, "You do not know about me", before settling on the final version, "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter." The revisions also show how Twain reworked his material to strengthen the characters of Huck and Jim, as well as his sensitivity to the then-current debate over literacy and voting. Ernest Hemingway once declared about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since.". Seller Inventory # 18030

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition in cloth with all first issue points for the cloth edition. Book very good with some foxing mainly to the front and back papers; some soiled pages, small water stain at bottom of page ends. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. Seller Inventory # 1610039

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green cloth. The book has the earliest First Issue points according to BAL "Frontispiece of Twain with cloth visible under bust, "Page 9 Chapter VI "Huck Decided" instead of "Decides" "Him and Another Man" listed incorrectly on p.88 rather than Page 87, "Page 57, 11 lines from bottom "with the was" rather than "with the saw" "Page 155" with the 5 missing "Page 143 First word, the letter "L" missing from "Col". A magnificent copy. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning. The boards are crisp with minor wear edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy. Seller Inventory # ABE-11498629364

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A rebound version of the original full sheepskin edition. First Edition, first printing, with all of the earliest first issue points, and the only edition with the original illustration on page 283 (the original conjugate page, not the cancel that appears in all other first editions). The scarcest and earliest version of this title, here skillfully rebound retaining the look of the original sheepskin binding. With 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble. BAL 3415. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Seller Inventory # 107366

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A very good first edition with first issue points -- tablecloth in frontispiece, illustration listed on page 88, was for saw, Decided on page 9. Green cloth. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Seller Inventory # 1508101

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster & Company, New York, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with ALL the major important First Issue points. "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88 instead of 87, on page 57, the eleventh line from the bottom reads "with the was" page 155 with the missing 5, the portrait frontispiece has "heliotype" imprint and the cloth table is present underneath the bust, the title page has the 1885 date with 1884 printed on the copyright page, p.9 the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" later corrected to "Decides" p.143 "I" in "Col." and missing the "b" in "body" on line 7. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL green cloth from the publisher. The binding is tight, with NO cocking or leaning, with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean, with light discoloration. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Seller Inventory # ABE-11317905393

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The Writings of Mark Twain. (Including The: Twain, Mark. (Samuel

About this Item: Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1881. The Author's National Edition of the writings of Mark Twain. Octavo, 25 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece to each volume, illustrated. In fine condition. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). Seller Inventory # 95867

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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN: TWAIN, MARK (CLEMENS,

TWAIN, MARK (CLEMENS, SAMUEL)

Published by Charles L. Webster and Co.,, New York: (1885)

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster and Co.,, New York:, 1885. Green Cloth Gilt. Condition: Exdellent. First American Edition/First Issue. First Issue with the following issue points: frontis with cloth visible under bust of Twain and Heliotype, page 13 incorrectly listing "Him and another man" on p.88; p.9 with "Decided" uncorrected; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads "with the was"; p. 143 missing "l" from "Col." at top line, with broken "b" in body at line 7; page 155 without the final "5"; leaf of pages 283-284 is a cancel. Christmas inscription dated 1915 on front free endpaper. A very beautiful copy of the great American classic showing only some minor wear a few tiny spots to the front board, rubbing and bumping along the bottom edge of the back board. BAL 3415 Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 884810

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Twain, Mark) Clemens, Samuel L

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

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. First edition of Mark Twain's masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher's decorated green cloth, with 174 illustrations by Edward W. Kemble. The author Zane Grey's copy, with his blindstamp to the front free endpaper and first blank. Contains all the agreed upon first issue points for the clothbound book: page 9 with "Decided" remaining uncorrected (to "Decides"); page 13, illustration captioned "Him and another Man" listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads "with the was," instead of "with the saw". Other points of bibliographical interest included in this copy are the frontispiece portrait without cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with "l" missing from "Col." at top of illustration and with broken "b" in "body" on line seven; page 155 with a larger final "5"; page 161, no signature mark "11". As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped "5" on p 155), MacDonnell concludes, "they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process" ("Huck Finn" Firsts Magazine). A nice association copy linking these two great American writers. Housed in a full morocco clamshell case. Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huckleberry Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Hudson River, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Twain composed the story in pen on notepaper between 1876 and 1883. Paul Needham, stated, "What you see is [Clemens'] attempt to move away from pure literary writing to dialect writing." For example, Twain revised the opening line of Huck Finn three times. He initially wrote, "You will not know about me", which he changed to, "You do not know about me", before settling on the final version, "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter." The revisions also show how Twain reworked his material to strengthen the characters of Huck and Jim, as well as his sensitivity to the then-current debate over literacy and voting. Ernest Hemingway once declared about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since.". Seller Inventory # 3733

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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About this Item: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First US edition. All cloth. All first issue points present. "Him and another man" p. 57, line 23. Page "15" not "155". "Deaded". "Co" not "Col". Very good condition. Paper tape along front and rear gutters as well along right edge of 2nd front free endpaper and half-title page. Previous owner's inscription on front free endpaper; two front free endpapers attached to half-title page with paper tape along left inside of pages. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. Seller Inventory # 16100313

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