London: Chatto & Windus, 1876. First edition. Octavo. Original red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt with black design, yellow endpapers. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Early bookseller's ticket of G. A. v. Halem in Bremem, Germany to front pastedown. Cloth bright, very minor wear and rubbing at extremities, lean to spine, edges foxed, contents clean. A very nice copy, fresh and unrestored, scarce thus.
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). Near Fine (Item #2849)