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TWAIN, Mark.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

London, Chatto and Windus, 1876 Stock Code: 134119

An exemplary copy of an American classic

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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. "The irresponsibility, the love of odd adventure, and the sense of natural justice as opposed to the village code, which characterize the heroes of this book and its sequel Huckleberry Finn, presented a sharp contrast to the Sunday School or rags-to-riches literature which was then the common fare doled out to children... these books let fresh air into the minds of parents who had shut the door on their own childhood, and they will be classics the world over as long as there are boys" (Grolier American 79).

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Octavo. Original red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt with black design, yellow endpapers. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Early bookseller's ticket of G. A. v. Halem in Bremen, Germany to front pastedown. Cloth bright, very minor wear and rubbing at extremities, lean to spine, edges foxed, contents clean. A very nice copy, fresh and unrestored, scarce thus.


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