New York: Charles Webster, 1885. First American Edition. Octavo. Item #019707
Frontispiece of Huckleberry Finn, portrait in first state, title page a cancel, 366pp., illustrated, final blank leaf, pg. 13 with "him and another" as listed as at p. 88, pg. 57 reads "with the was", final five in 155 is lower. A clean bright copy in original green pictorial gilt cloth, pale pink endpapers. Two small news clippings tipped in, one refers to the $200,000 sale of a signed copy of Twain‘s work, the other relates to his estate and his daughter, old bookseller’s description mounted to upper front free endpaper, and laid in is a short typed description to the present volume by the firm Hamill and Barker of Chicago. Francis Hamill and Margery Barker were two very well known women booksellers of Chicago. They sold a rare copy of the 15th century Gutenberg Bible to the Lilly Library. They introduced Virginia Woolf to the Americans and over a thirteen year span, they also purchased manuscripts, twenty-five diaries and various letters belonging to Virginia Woolf. Francis Hamill was also the first woman president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. While the rear hinge is cracked, the book itself shows very minor wear to spine ends and corners without any restorations. [together with] The original green pictorial gilt cloth prospectus, with the copyright and title page dated 1885, blank order sheets at rear, morocco and calf binding samples at front. A near fine copy of this very uncommon prospectus showing only minor spots of rubbing to spine ends and corners. A superb set housed together within a custom leather backed clamshell. [BAL 3415].