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Mark Twain ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN rare salesmen's sample first state

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Binding
Cloth
ISBN
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Year Printed
1885
Country/Region of Manufacture
United States
Author
Mark Twain
Language
English
Original/Facsimile
Original
Place of Publication
NY
Subject
Literature & Fiction
Publisher
Charles L. Webster
Topic
Salesman sample
Special Attributes
Salesman sample, 1st Edition, Illustrated
Character Family
Hucklberry Finn
Illustrator
Kemble
Condition
--not specified

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Original salesmen's sample for “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn “ by Mark Twain. A rare example of the salesman's dummy for Twain's greatest work - only 2 copies are found in the auction record. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885 (actually 1884). 8 x 6 ". This copy is in original green cloth, stamped in black and gilt, inside front cover is WITHOUT the specimen spines of gilt titled morocco sheepskin leather strips with the black red labels. It has the sample pages of illustrations text but DOES NOT have these leather samples which were originally glued into the salesman’s sample. The book is the earliest recorded state of the title page with the copyright date being 1885. Tissue guard over the frontis Kemble illustration on verso, portrait bust heliotype after Gephardt, title page, notice, explanatory, contents, list of illustrations and 39 leaves of text, with numerous illustrations after Kemble, 2 page advertisement for the present title, and 12 of the 18 subscriber's blanks at rear. The tissue guard has been traced in pen and pencil on both sides by a child, one page has been removed in the front, and one page pasted down (with some names written on the page as shown) on the front fixed end-paper where the leather sample strips were. In the list of illustrations the one captioned "Him and another Man" is incorrectly listed on page 88 (first state). See the photos, please. The book is very good overall for a salesman's sample which are usually found quite worn condition. Some fingerprints and soiling to some pages and the interior pages are very good. This copy does not have page 283 torn out, as agents were told to remove the page send it to the publisher or their job would be terminated because of a defacement to the illustration on that page. The ruled order information paper provided at the back of the prospectus for the salesman to take orders contains 12 subscribers blanks with one partially filled in pen. Originally there were 18 pages, or 6 leaves, so three have been removed. This saleman’s sample of the great American novel is extremely rare in any condition to encounter. The book presents itself much better than the close up photos here show. Add a map to your own listings. FREE Trial!

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