8vo, pp. 366. Bound in 3/4 morocco, rubbed at the extremities of the boards, hinges repaired with brown binder's tape, a nice clean copy, with names or internal markings. BAL 3415; Grolier #87, Johnson p. 43ff. An American high-spot. The points are as follows: Title-page bound in; page 57 was for saw; him and another man listed p. 88; p. 155 lacks the last 5 of the numeral; page 283 is bound-in, in the first state with the fly of Silas Phelps's trousers showing a definite curve; Frontis is state 2 with the imprint of Heliotype Printing, with table cloth and table not visible and the artist's name on the edge of the bust. This is the very rare first state of Huck Finn that is seen only in a few of the leather bound copies of the book that were issued before the "pornographic" illustration on p. 283 was discovered." In an effort to help his nephew, a fledgling publisher named Charles Webster, Twain gave his masterpiece to a neophyte to publish and lovers of this book have paid the price since. There are between 70 to 100 variants of this book. This has most of the earliest issue points. A. B. Paine notes that the book was late in being made ready for press and Twain told Webster to hold up publication until, there were 40,000 orders. This may be the reason why the sheets have become so mixed. The book went out late and deliveries were not made until March of 1885. It was Watson Gill, Twain's Syracuse distributor, who was the first to notice the distasteful illustration on page 283, which showed the fly on parson's trousers with a slight curve. Gill wrote to Webster and Company that he refused to handle the book with this illustration. Webster, who was in California at the time, was horrified when he learned the news and offered a reward of 500 for the apprehension of the person who so altered the illustration. The story in the New York Herald at the time indicted that 30,000 copies had been published. The books were recalled, the sheets separated, and a new page was tipped in with a corrected plate. However, it appears that about 250 copies in sheep and half morocco had already left for San Francisco and escaped the purge. These leather-bounds, needless to say, are now prized collector's items"[Freedman, The First Edition of Huckleberry Finn: An Overview in Proteus, Fall, 1984]. First Edition, First State, with the naughty picture on p. 283. Codice inventario libreria
Titolo: ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (Tom Sawyer's...
Casa editrice: Charles Webster
Data di pubblicazione: 1885
Illustratore: Kemble, E. W.
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