(London: Chatto & Windus, 1884). 191 x 133 mm. (7 1/2 x 5 1/4"). xvi, 438 pp.,  leaf, 32 pp. publisher's catalogue dated October 1884. FIRST EDITION.
Publisher's red pictorial cloth, gilt titling to upper cover and flat spine. With frontispiece and many illustrations in the text. BAL 3414B (gatherings saddle-stitched with wire staples, one of two states of unknown sequence). Spine a bit faded and slightly cocked, lower corners of rear board gently bumped, a touch of soiling to edges, one leaf with torn corner (not affecting text), isolated mild thumbing or trivial marginal stains, but an excellent copy, clean and fresh internally, the unrestored original binding quite solid.
This is the true first printing of the great American novel, preceding the U.S. issue by three months, in the original cloth. 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. Copies are rarely found as well preserved as this one. (ST16466)
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