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  Lot 79
 

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[Literature] Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Hartford, Chicago, etc: The American Publishing Company, 1876. First American edtion (with the following first-issue points: printed on wove paper, "THE" in ten-point type on half-title, verso of half-title and preface blank. BAL calls for three laid paper flyleaves in front and back, this copy has two). 8vo. (i-xi), xii-xiii, (xiv-xv), xvi, (1), 18-274, (2) (conclusion and blank), (4) (ads, dated December 1, 1876). Illustrated with wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous in-text wood-engraved illustrations, by Truce Williams and others. Original unsophisticated blue cloth, stamped in black and in gilt, moderately worn, spine ends worn; all edges trimmed; peach endpapers; front hinge starting, rear hinge split but sound; repaired short closed tear at top edge of front free endpaper; scattered minor soiling to prelims; List of Illustrations (pp. [xv]/xvi) loose; scattered soiling to text leaves; loss at bottom corner, pp. 112/113, but not affecting text; short closed tear at top edge, pp. 131/132; short closed tear at fore-edge, pp. 133/134; two-inch short closed tear at bottom gutter edge of pp. 225/226; in quarter blue morocco slip case and chemise. BAL 3369

Sold for $6,930
Estimated at $6,000 - $9,000


 

Hartford, Chicago, etc: The American Publishing Company, 1876. First American edtion (with the following first-issue points: printed on wove paper, "THE" in ten-point type on half-title, verso of half-title and preface blank. BAL calls for three laid paper flyleaves in front and back, this copy has two). 8vo. (i-xi), xii-xiii, (xiv-xv), xvi, (1), 18-274, (2) (conclusion and blank), (4) (ads, dated December 1, 1876). Illustrated with wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous in-text wood-engraved illustrations, by Truce Williams and others. Original unsophisticated blue cloth, stamped in black and in gilt, moderately worn, spine ends worn; all edges trimmed; peach endpapers; front hinge starting, rear hinge split but sound; repaired short closed tear at top edge of front free endpaper; scattered minor soiling to prelims; List of Illustrations (pp. [xv]/xvi) loose; scattered soiling to text leaves; loss at bottom corner, pp. 112/113, but not affecting text; short closed tear at top edge, pp. 131/132; short closed tear at fore-edge, pp. 133/134; two-inch short closed tear at bottom gutter edge of pp. 225/226; in quarter blue morocco slip case and chemise. BAL 3369

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