Feb 20, 2020 - Sale 2530

Sale 2530 - Lot 336

Price Realized: $ 3,380
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
TWAIN, MARK. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Frontispiece and text illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photogravure plate of a portrait bust by Karl Gerhardt (BAL state 1). 4to, publisher's green pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and black, minimal rubbing to spine tips and corners with light exposure, one small smudge near spine foot else boards bright and clean; ownership signature to front free endpaper, one signature partly loose but secure, occasional minor soiling, chiefly marginal. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885

Additional Details

unsophisticated first american edition, with the following first issue points: page [9] with "Decided"; page [13] illustration caption incorrect; and p. 57 ("with the was"); the title-page and p. 283 are cancels. The other known points "are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process" (MacDonnell, Firsts, vol. 8, no. 7/8, 1998, p. 31). BAL 3415.