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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876
8vo. Wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous illustrations in text by True Williams and others, 4-page publisher's advertisements at end, versos of half-title and preface blank; front hinge just starting. Publisher's gilt half-morocco; light rubbing to edges and extremities, front hinge starting. Cloth slipcase.
First edition. "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).
BAL 3369; Johnson p. 27; Peter Parley to Penrod 43. $ 6,000-8,000
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