“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.
Item Number: 21003
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.
First edition, first printing of one of the great masterpieces of American literature. 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.
Popular and controversial at the time of publication in 1876, Mark Twain’s masterpiece The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has been adapted into dozens of film, television and theatrical productions. The quintessential tale of American boyhood established one of the most memorable characters in American literature who appeared in three later sequels including Twain’s other most notable work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. “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).