New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Item #04333
First Edition Of Huckleberry Finn
In a Magnificent Pictorial Inlaid Binding by Richard Smart
TWAIN, Mark. [SMART, Richard, binder]. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, second printing with text corrected, third state of frontispiece.
Octavo (8 7/16 x 6 9/16 inches; 214 x 167 mm.). 366, [2, blank] pp. Inserted frontispiece portrait and over one hundred and seventy wood-engraved text illustrations. Complete with the final blank leaf (signature 23/8).
Handsomely bound by Richard Smart, stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in. Full dark blue morocco, front cover with recessed border surrounded by a single-line gilt frame, enclosing an amazing sculptured multi-color morocco design of Huckleberry Finn standing in front of a wooden fence and lettered in brown morocco relief, re-creating the original front cover design from the original cloth. Lower cover with single-line gilt frame enclosing a very fine multi-colored morocco design re-creating the last illustration in the book "Yours Truly". Spine with five raised bands decoratively paneled, ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges, wide decorative gilt turn-ins, Cockerel liners and end-leaves, all edges stained brown. A spectacular example of Richard Smart's incredible creativity.
“In November , after the first printing was finished and before the second printing of 10,000 copies was begun (the third printing of another 10,000 copies did not follow until March, 1885), the plates were corrected to reflect three changes in the text: at page 13 the erroneous page reference ‘88’ was changed to ‘87’; at page 57 the misprint ‘with the was’ was corrected to ‘with the saw’; and at page 9 [the ‘Contents’ leaf] the misprint ‘Decided’ was corrected to ‘Decides.’
[The] Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels …Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896). It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist about 20 years before the work was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing satire on entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.
BAL 3415; Grolier, 100 American, 87; Johnson, Twain, pp. 43-50; McBride, pp. 92-112; Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 75-76.