Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)...
With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations.New York : 1885 Stock Code: 110564
NotesFirst US edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the publishers to Daniel Whitford, Twain's lawyer: "To Daniel Whitford, with regards of the publisher, Chas. L. Webster. New York, February 21st, 1885."
Daniel Whitford, attorney for New York firm Alexander & Green, acted for Webster & Company and was also retained by Twain several times. He acted for Twain in the highly publicised lawsuit over the dramatisation of the Prince and the Pauper by Abby Sage Richardson. In 1890, Twain and the producer, Daniel Frohman, were sued by Edward H. House, who claimed that Richardson's adaptation was plagiarised from House's dramatisation of the novel, written for Twain years before. Frohman paid House from Twain's royalties to prevent the closure of the play; in turn, Twain sued Frohman for his royalties (amounting to five or six thousand dollars) in 1894.
Much bibliographical confusion has been generated by Huckleberry Finn. In fact, only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57 the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides". This copy has all these in first state. The frontispiece was printed separately, inserted at random, and has no relation to the order of the printed sheets. At some stage it was realised that the Uncle Silas illustration on page 283 had been mischievously tampered with and was cancelled. In this copy, the illustration is in second state.
Copies in the original half morocco binding are the least often met with. Less than two weeks before publication, the publisher Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in half morocco. Webster's own copy, also half morocco, was dated by him as having been received from the binder on 26 November 1884.
Octavo (214 x 164 mm). Publisher's half morocco, marbled edges, gilt rules to covers, spine lettered gilt with gilt decorated compartments, marbled endpapers.
Photogravure portrait frontispiece (second state, with the imprint of the Heliotype Printing Company and with "Karl Gerhardt, Sc." added to the finished edge of the shoulder), illustrated throughout with 173 text illustrations after E. W. Kemble.
Spine sunned, extremities and tips worn, covers a little scuffed, some foxing and marks to contents. An excellent copy.
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