(London: Chatto & Windus, 1884). 191 x 133 mm. (7 1/2 x 5 1/4"). xvi, 438 pp. FIRST EDITION.
Very pleasing red morocco by Bayntun (stamp-signed on verso of front free endpaper), covers with two frames formed by simple gilt rules, the inner frame with cornerpieces of stylized fleurs-de-lys, raised bands, spine gilt in double-ruled compartments with central lily and open dot corners, very pretty intricate floral gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Original red cloth covers bound in at the rear. With frontispiece and many illustrations in the text. BAL 3414. Spine slightly and evenly a darker red, a touch of rubbing to joints and extremities, two small closed marginal tears, other trivial imperfections internally, but still a fine copy, the text clean, fresh, and smooth, and the appealing binding lustrous and with only minimal wear.
This is the first printing of the great American novel, preceding the US issue by three months, in a fine leather binding by Bayntun. Twain's most acclaimed novel, and perhaps the greatest novel of the 19th century, it is the classic tale of the American rite of passage, set on the Mississippi. Our binding is a good example of the Bayntun firm's elegantly simple decorative work, offered here in very appealing condition: even the original cloth binding at the back--which is almost always found in deplorable shape--is clean and pleasing. (CMH1815)
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