The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
First edition, published on 9 June, thus preceding the first American edition that appeared in mid-December by some six months. Twain chose to have the book published first in London to ensure copyright and perhaps also because he was more highly esteemed in Britain than at home. Oxford conferred an honorary doctorate on Twain in 1907, three years before his death, an honour grander than any he ever received in America.
Octavo. Original red cloth with border and cover design blocked in black and lettering in gilt, cream coated endpapers. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Bookplate of Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath to front pastedown. Pencilled drawings to rear free endpaper. Spine faded, tips just a touch worn, hinges repaired, light foxing to edges of text block. An excellent copy.
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