London: Chatto & Windus, 1876. First edition. First edition, preceding the American edition by six months. A Very Good copy in the publisher's original red cloth with gilt titling on the spine and front panel, stamped in black. Both hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Corners with slight fraying, now tamped back down. Name written in ink on the front paste-down, otherwise internal contents are generally clean and attractive. Housed in a quarter-leather clamshell case made by the Chelsea Bindery. A scarce book, particularly in the original cloth.
One of the classic American novels, Twain’s bildungsroman follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer – and his friend Huck Finn -- in St. Petersburg, Missouri told with Twain’s characteristic and unmatchable wit and humor. It would become his best-selling book and its sequel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is arguably the greatest American novel of all time.
“Mr. Samuel Clemens has taken the boy of the Southwest for the hero of his new book… and has presented him with a fidelity to circumstance which loses no charm by being realistic in the highest degree, and which gives incomparably the best picture of life in that region as yet known to fiction.” (Contemporary Atlantic Monthly Review). Very Good (Item #1317)
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