Nov 17, 2020 - Sale 2551

Sale 2551 - Lot 235

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
TWAIN, MARK. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Lacking frontispiece. 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, rebound in later green leather, original front cover and spine (gilt rubbed) laid down; endpapers renewed, intermittent soiling, closed tears and small chips with losses to blank margins, tape repairs. Incomplete and sophisticated 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. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885