Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1882. First US edition. Preceded by the UK and Canadian editions. BAL Binding state "B" with two blanks at the end. With the correct Franklin Press imprint on the copyright, but the three misprints are corrected: "state" (p. 124), "do" (p. 263), and "reined" (p. 362). An exceptionally Fine copy of the book with bright gilt and unrubbed black stamping. Very slight rubbing to lower board, but a clean fresh copy overall. Housed in a custom slipcase with chemise.
Set in the Tudor palace of Henry VIII, Twain's first attempt at historical fiction used the doppelganger motif to explore what might happen if Prince Edward and a pauper named Tom Canty were switched into each other's lives. Like many of Twain's works, the novel contains incisive political and social critiques about class hierarchy and human kindness.
BAL 3402. Fine (Item #5266)