1885 *1st Ed.* Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Kemble Ill Pub: Webster, Ny - Signed? For Sale
1st Edition. 1885.
ONEOF AMERICAN LITERATURE'SALL-TIME CLASSICS.**1ST EDITION, 1885 **ILLUSTRATED... BYE.W. L. Webster and Co., NY. 1885.
*** With signature "Samuel Clemens" beneath "Mark Twain" on title page (PLEASE SEE background discussion of signature below).
Condition description at bottom, also see scans, etc.
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MARK Langhorne Clemens.
First American Edition.
1st Ed. Published by...CharlesWebster and Co, NY.(Twain'sown publishing Co.--known for also publishingPresidentUlysses S. Illustrations.
Scarce, certainly; textblock is solid, leaves largely very good (no writing nor prior owner soiling); possibly author signed (see discussion below).
1st American edition -- 2nd issue of this classic!
MARK TWAIN'SHIGH SPOT, CLASSIC WORK -- AND IN SOME WAYSONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS class="MsoNormal" align="center" the worldwide stage, and so creating a classic on par with anything of Dickens or Shakespeare in terms of spot-on social commentary and character portrayal) comedic novel --dealing withracial prejudices, among other relevant important issues --involvedthe tale, of course, of a long and frequently interruptedvoyagedown the great Mississippi River.The book's narrator,Huck(a youngster with artless, vernacular speech)has been said by critics as being"admirably adapted to detailed and poetic descriptions of scenes and and narrative renditions, that are both widely hilarious and subtlyironic."
*** Signature "SAMUEL CLEMENS" to title page.
Title purchased several decades ago from a Deleware estate, purportedly signed by Twain. Since, it has remained in our possession; we have never (have not) had it authenticated. Online, in the intervening years, there are now an abundance of sites that discuss the various and numerous permutations (and of note, there are many) of Twain's signature, offer varied samples, etc.... and we encourage you to form your own assessment. So: We pass along all we know (and encourage interested buyers to make their own judgement on the autograph). We *are* experts on rare books and to a certainty are confident in the bibliographic 1st edition points of the saleed title and reliance thereon.
"HUCK FINN". ALONG WITH RUNAWAY VARIED CHARACTERS AND TYPES OF ALL (ALL!) CLASSES, MEMORABLY PORTRAYED ON THEIR RIVER JOURNEY.OF NOTE:BEYONDHUCKLEBERRY FINN'SWONDERFUL ENTERTAINMENT VALUE, HOWEVER, THE BOOK HAS A NUMBER OF MEANINGS, ON MULTIPLE LEVELS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NATURAL GOODNESS OFHUCKIS CONTINUALLY CONTRASTED WITH THE EFFECTS OF THE OVERALL CORRUPT SOCIETY HE FINDS HIMSELF OPERATING IN.
(TOM SAWYER'S COMRADE)
Mark Twain'siconic and ofttimes controversialHuckleberry Finnwas partially serialized inthe Century Magazinefor December, 1884, and January and February, 1885. ILLUSTRATED BYE.W. KEMBLE,the same illustrations that would later appear (here)!in the 1st edition of the book version.
A TRUE Webster and Co., NY: 1885.
1ST AMERICAN EDITION. 2nd Issue.
TWAIN:Beloved and heralded American author, humorist, and lecturer; winner of a worldwide audience(something far less common for an American inTwain'sera) for his fine stories, many of youthful adventure -- author of many highly-acclaimed, tremendously popular works: both humorous and enlightening, such asLife on the Mississippi; A Tramp Abroad; etc., Hartford (CT) resident and neighbor/friend of Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom's Cabin, etc.).
Charles Webster and Co., NY: 1885, 1884(Press of J.J. Little).Large8vo; approx. 9" x 7"
TITLE DETAILS & DETAILED BOOK CONDITION NOTES:
1ST EDITION. 2ND STATE. (ALL POINTS PRESENT, AS CALLED FOR). UNRELATED TO EDITION, LACKS KEMBLE ILLUSTRATION FACING PHOTOGRAPHIC FRONTIS/HALF-TITLE (OF HUCK HOLDING FISH, IF OF NO BIBLIOGRAPHIC SIGNIFICANCE).... ELSE COMPLETE.1885. WEBSTER, NY. ORIGINAL PUBLISHER GREEN TEXTURED CLOTH HARD FRONT BOARD. NOTE: REAR BOARD A REPLACEMENT AS NOTED (PERIOD SHEEP).PICTORIALLY STAMPED IN AND LETTERED IN GILTAND BLACK, FRONT COVER.PHOTOGRAVURE FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT.LIGHT BROWN TOPSTAIN. LARGE 8VO; APPROX 7" X 9".WITH 173 ILLUSTRATIONS BYKEMBLE. THE LEAVES, INCLUDING PLATES... LARGELY IN VERY GOOD CONDITION W/NO WRITING NOR SOILING (FOXING/TONING AND OCCASIONAL CLOSED TEAR OR SMALL EDGE CHIPS). BOARDS: SOME SOILING, MODERATE WEAR -- INCLUDING BOARDCORNERS/EDGES RUBBED . HINGES CRACKED. SPINE REPLACEMENT, LEATHER AND UNLETTERED; REAR BOARD UNMATCHING LEATHER REPLACEMENT. PRINTED... PRESS OF J.J. LITTLE;PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED.TEXTBLOCK, ITSELF, SOLID; SQUARE CLEAN, ETC., FIRST EDITION. WITH "SAMUEL CLEMENS" HANDWRITTEN TO TITLE PAGE AS DISCUSSED HEREINABOVE.
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