Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the Masterpieces of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


Item Number: 23042

Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.

First edition, first printing, first state (with “THE” on half title in 10-point rather than 14-point type), peach endpapers, printed on wove paper, with preliminary matter paginated [I]-XVI and front and rear triple flyleaves of laid paper. BAL 3369. Johnson, 27-30. MacDonnell, 39-40. MacBride, 40. Octavo, original blue cloth, peach endpapers, top edge gilt. In very good condition with some very light rubbing to the cloth. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of an important book.

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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