Hartford, Conn. The American Publishing Company, 1876. First edition. First printing, with the half-title and the frontis illustration on separate leaves. Collates complete as per BAL 3369 with the triple fly-leaves on laid paper, front and back, and four pages of publisher's ads following the novel. A copy that has benefitted from some discrete restoration at the spine ends (adding a bit of new cloth), and cosmetic repairs to the corners. Attractive condition internally, with only the occasional spot of foxing.
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 #4188)