Chatto & Windus, London, 1884.
True First edition preceeding the US edition. First issue adverts at rear dated "October 1884". Publisher's red illustrated boards with gilt titles. Housed in a bespoke pepper red quarter morocco gilt clamshell case. A fine copy with extremely clean boards & bright gilt. None of the usual fading to bright red spine. No chipping, splitting or tearing to cloth. Internally complete & clean. Some light occasional spotting to textblock edges. Titles clean and fresh. No inscriptions. Endpapers original and unsplit. An exceptional copy of an American cornerstone.
A classic of American literature in which a Mississippi river boy recounts his adventures as he travels down stream on the great river with a runaway slave; his travels take in royal imposters, family feuds and Tom Sawyer's aunt who mistakes him for Tom. Voted the 18th best fiction book of all time by The Guardian.