“IN ORDER TO MAKE A MAN OR A BOY COVET A THING, IT IS ONLY NECESSARY TO MAKE THE THING DIFFICULT TO ATTAIN”: Rare first American edition, first printing of one of the masterpieces of American literature, Tom Sawyer; In the Original Publisher's Sheepskin

  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


Item Number: 21003

Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.

First edition, first printing. Publisher’s library sheepskin. Octavo, original peach endpapers. Expertly rebacked to style, contemporary bookplate to the endpaper, some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Rare in the original sheepskin binding.

The first novel Mark Twain wrote without a co-author, Tom Sawyer is also his most clearly autobiographical novel Enlivened by extraordinary and melodramatic events, it is otherwise a realistic depiction of the experiences, people and places that Mark Twain knew as a child" (Rasmussen, 459).

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