Mark Twain's witty, satirical tale of childhood rebellion against hypocritical adult authority, the "Penguin Classics" edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is edited with a critical introduction by Peter Coveney. Mark Twain's story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American ...Read MoreMark Twain's witty, satirical tale of childhood rebellion against hypocritical adult authority, the "Penguin Classics" edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is edited with a critical introduction by Peter Coveney. Mark Twain's story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work had done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken, abusive 'Pap' and the 'sivilizing' Widow Douglas with runaway slave Jim, he embarks on a series of adventures that draw him to feuding families and the trickery of the unscrupulous 'Duke' and 'Dauphin'. Beneath the exploits, however, are more serious undercurrents - of slavery, adult control and, above all, of Huck's struggle between his instinctive goodness and the corrupt values of society which threaten his deep and enduring friendship with Jim. Based on the first edition of 1884, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" includes a chronology and list of further reading by Richard Maxwell. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) trained as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river; 'Mark Twain', a phrase used on riverboats to indicate that the water is two fathoms deep, became the pseudonym by which he was best known. After the Civil War, Twain turned to journalism, publishing his first short story in 1865. Dubbed 'the father of American literature' by William Faulkner, Twain led a colourful life of travelling, bankruptcy and great literary success. If you enjoyed "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", you may like Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", also available in "Penguin Classics". "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn...There has been nothing as good since." (Ernest Hemingway). "Huckleberry Finn, like other great works of imagination, can give to every reader whatever he is capable of taking from it." (T.S. Eliot).Read Less
Moser, Barry. As New. No Jacket, As Issued. Limited Edition. Large Quarto. SIGNED AND NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION Centenary Edition, 1985, limited to 350 numbered copies SIGNED by the artist and illustrator, Barry Moser, this being copy number 229. Forty-nine wood engravings by Barry Moser, with an additional accompanying suite of the prints also EACH SIGNED BY BARRY MOSER. Printed on Mohawk Letterpress, in full green morocco by E. Gray Parrot, and encased in publisher's linen slipcase and with publisher's original cardboard shipping box designed especially for this book. A marvelous production with the added bonus of Mr. Moser having SIGNED each of the accompanying suite of 49 prints. One of 4 known copies that Moser signed ALL of the prints in the accompanying suite, creating in essence a very limited edition of 4 copies. Of the other 3 copies, 1 is in a library collection and 2 in a private collection.
Fine. 173 Illustrations by E.W. Kemble & photogravure portrait bust by Karl Gebhardt. 8vo, green cloth, pictorially stamped in black & gilt. New York: Charles Webster, 1885. First Edition. A fine bright, tight copy, with minimal wear at the extremes of the spine & corners. of what is perhaps the greatest American novel; preserved in a green half morocco slipcase. Enclosed is a facsimile copy of the defaced plate on page 283, which was so objectionable that it had to be removed. Early issue, with many but not all of the points. The title page and pages 283/4 are cancels; "was" for "saw" on page 57; error in the list of illustrations has "Him and another Man" on page 88; the final "5" is missing; scarf is not present in the frontispiece bust, but the Heliotype Printing Co. is credited; signature sign is missing on page 161.
Very good(+) 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble. 366 pages. 8vo, pictorial blue cloth, stamped in black & gilt. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Some foxing and brown stains, but a very good copy of this classic in a leather backed folding case. The uncommon blue cloth binding with the first issue points: title leaf a cancel, frontispiece portrait showing tablecloth and Heliotype imprint; error in the list of illustrations has "Him and another Man" on page 88; "was" for "saw" on page 57; State 1 of page 155 with the final numeral missing; page 9 reading "Decided".
Fine. No Jacket. First edition. 8vo. With 174 illustrations. Full gilt stamped dark green morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, spine with raised bands and gilt ruled compartments, covers double ruled in gilt, upper cover with a variously colored onlay depicting a standing figure of Huckleberry Finn, gilt stamped inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Fine. Enclosed in a dark green cloth folding box, with gilt stamped black morocco label. No signatures or bookplates.
Acceptable. RARE. Salesman's Sample of the First Edition, First Printing, likely First State. Also referred to as a "Salesman's Dummy". Missing fronticepiece and ffep. Contains several First Printing points: "Decided" instead of Decides on pg 9, "Him and another Man" incorrectly listed as pg 88, and 1884 on the copyright page and 1885 on the title page. Other points can't be confirmed since it contains a sampling of the book (100+ pages of text and accompanying illustrations), rather than the entire text. The two samples of the alternate deluxe binding available to customers are attached to the front endpage. The green cloth boards have significant soiling, rubbing, and scuffing; the edges, corners, ends of spine and outside joints are also significantly rubbed. Binding remains tight and square. About 1/3 of page 290 is torn off. Pencil notations, soiling and scribbling by a young child on the subscription pages. Soiling to endpages. Age discoloration to text block. Moderate foxing throughout. At the back of the book, a two page advertisement for the sale of the book is followed by 8 pages of wide ruled paper, where 12 subscribers listed their name, residence and type of binding they desired. The subscribers were from Wells River and Woodsville, New Hampshire. Customers had 3 choices: 1) Fine cloth binding (green or blue), plain edges, $2.75, 2) Leather Library Style, sprinkled edges, $3.25, and 3) Half Morocco, marbled edges, $4.25. This salesman's sample book features the gold stamped publisher's green cloth binding, the table of contents, a list of illustrations and enough text to get a feel for the novel. Emphasis was placed on the physical qualities of the book and nearly all of the sample pages are illustrated. Pictures available upon request. A fascinating and rare historical collectible!
(Tom Sawyer's Comrade) with 174 illustrations. 8vo, pp. 366. Bound in the rare blue cloth binding(rubbed to the extremities, some darkening and soiling to the covers) This copy was recased (although it is hard to tell), essentially a very good copy. Small water mark to the bottom of the frontispiece, Issued with mostly later points: Title leaf is conjugate with (1)7; at page (13), the illustration captioned "Him and another man" is listed at p. 87; p. 57 has the reading, "with the saw", frontis portrait is state 3, not showing table or scarf and with the sculptor's name on the bust, p. 283 shows the replaced illustration bound in and p. 155 shows the last '5' replaced in a different font. A very good copy. BAL 3415; Peter Parley to Penrod. pp. 75-6; Grolier American Hundred 87. The Rare Blue Cloth.
Very good. No dust jacket as issued. The Adventures of HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain. First Edition, First Printing, First Issue, First State w/13 "first" points. Very Good+ to Near Fine. A Genuine American Treasure. Ernest Hemingway said: All modern literature comes from one book (Huckleberry Finn) by Mark Twain. It s the best book we ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since. Written over an eight-year period, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was blasted by critics from the moment of publication, attacked for its blood-curdling humor, immorality, coarseness and profanity. It nevertheless emerged as one of the defining novels of American literature. Mark Twain is the American Shakespere. All American Literature is measured by, through, and up to Mark Twain. Book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine condition. Professionally rebound (binding feels like new) in original boards and original green cloth. Resewn, with inner paper hinges reinforced, new backing and later endpapers. Only very light wear to extremities with one small chip. Corners bumped. Half-title and verso w/Huck illustration soiled. Small dark spots at upper right on pages 155-159 (see photo #3). Extremely good condition, straight and tight. A very rare and desirable first state copy in the original publisher s cloth binding of this classic of American literature. There is much debate over the first issue points. Some claim 8, 9 or more points. Here I list 13 points. 1) Title page is a cancel (photo 5). 2) Title Page has 1884 Copyright on verso. (photo 6) 3) The Heading for Chapter 6 on the first Contents page reads "decided" (later corrected to "Decides."(photo 7). 4) "Him and another man" listed incorrectly at page 88 (on the Illustrations list on page 13). (photo 8). 5) On page 57, eleven (11) lines from the bottom it reads: "with the was" which was later changed to with the saw. (photo 9). 6) Below the Frontispiece bust of Twain, the Tablecloth is CLEARLY visible underneath. (photo 10). 7) Also below the Frontispiece bust of Twain, the "Heliotype Printing Co." imprint is present. (photo 11). 8) Signature mark "11" is missing on page 161. (photo 12). 9) Page 283 has the famous "curved fly" (very rare) on Silas Phelps. (photo 4). 10) Final leaf is a blank. (no photo) 11) On page 143 the "l" (L) is missing in "Col" that is part of the Illustration at the top line of text. (photo 2). 12) Also on page 143, line 7 with a Broken "b." (photo 2). 13) On page 155, the second "5" is in a different font and in an off balance position. (photo 3). This is the 2nd state per BAL but not definitive. And an extra point concerning point #9. The designer (unknown) of the original plate for page 283 drew a penis on the elderly gentleman in the sketch. This was caught and revised before publication into the "curved fly" which was later changed to a "cancel" page, however, if you own a true first edition of this great classic take a magnifying glass and look at the boy (Tom Sawyer) in the sketch. He has a penis showing! It appears they missed this one! ! If you have any other info on this please let me know. COPIES WITH THE "CURVED FLY" ARE VERY RARE. All reasonable offers will be considered. This book will surely increase in value over time. They aren't making any more of them. MORE: As a bonus I will include a 16 volune "Works of Mark Twain", Greystone Definitive Edition set bound in beautiful red leatherette. Unread in as-new condition. A small portrait of the author on front cover with gilted writing on cover and spine. Illustrated endpapers and all faux-signed by Mr. Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine on front fly-leaf "in 1906 in anticipation of the present definitive edition of his works."
"With One Hundred and Seventy-Four Illustrations, " 8.5 x 6.5, finely rebound in full gilt-ruled brown morocco, aeg, SIGNED BINDING BY BAYNTUN-RIVIERE, 366 pp, covers with just minor shelf wear, hinges a little loose, pp tone with a little finger soil to margins else a very nice copy. FIRST ED, EARLY STATE with Huck Finn frontis bound in, "decided" on p9, Twain's portrait with "Heliotype" and scarf visible, "with the was" on 57, "Him and another man" listed with p88, "Co" and broken "b" on p 143 and p 155 with "15_." Beautifully bound copy.
Kemble, Edward Windsor. Near Fine. Illustrated with 174 illustrations by Edward Windsor Kemble. First edition, with many of the first issue points, including: cancel title leaf with the copyright notice dated 1884 (second state), the illustration "Him and Another Man" listed as page 88 on page 13, "with the was" on page 57, page 283 in the third state with a straight fly on a cancel leaf, third state page 155 with the final five larger than the first, page 161 lacking the signature mark, leaf 238 pasted under the terminal endpaper, frontispiece in the second state with no tablecloth visible and with Heliotype Printing Company imprint. Publisher's decorative green cloth, with an illustration of Huck Finn to the front panel in green and gilt, lettered in green and gilt, pale peach endpapers. Near fine, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, mostly to bottom edge, bright spine, clean boards, minor split to the paper hinge inside the front cover, binding sturdy and hinges secure, former owners' inscriptions to the front pastedown, a few faint spots to the page edges, else fine. Overall, a fresh and sturdy unsophisticated copy. Housed in a custom black moiré slipcase. BAL 3415. This copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the first American editions issued in a green cloth binding. Other bindings for this title include blue cloth, library (sheep) binding, and deluxe (half morocco) binding. While most copies of Huckleberry Finn in all binding variants have a third state title leaf, as "no copy of the published book has been seen, or reported, with the copyright notice dated 1885, " this copy has the second-state title page-a cancel leaf that preceded the third-state conjugate leaf, indicating that it may be an earlier issue than the copies with the title leaf in the third state. Additionally, this cloth bound copy contains the definitive issue points on pages 13 and 57, as well as nearly all of the issue points found in cloth copies, with the exceptions of pages 155 and 283; notably, page 283 is usually found in the third state in cloth bindings, and the uncorrected illustration with the curved fly is found almost exclusively in the sheep-bound copies and BAL notes that "no examined copy of the published book has the defaced plate" indicative of the second state. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a pseudo companion novel to Twain's highly successful Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876); although both are set in the antebellum South, Tom Sawyer is the tale of a young boy's mischievous adventures, while Huckleberry Finn involves a disenfranchised youth's moral dilemmas about social conflict. Huckleberry Finn is a youth who runs away from his alcoholic father and befriends Jim, a run-away African-American slave seeking freedom in the North. The dialog of the text features local dialects drawn from Twain's experiences living in the South. When it was first published in the United States in 1885, Huckleberry Finn was highly scrutinized and was banned by several libraries. Interestingly, the text was banned not for its saturation of racist vocabulary and prejudiced world-views, but for its depiction of criminal, lower class white Americans. Although it continued to be challenged in the 20th century for its depiction and treatment of African-Americans, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains one of the Great American Novels. Indeed, Ernest Hemingway proclaimed that it was the beginning of American literature: "There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
Kemble. (Tom Sawyer's Comrad), with 174 illustrations (by E. W. Kemble) Second state (bound with staples) Bound in publisher's red cloth stamped in black and gilt, recased with the original spine laid down, repaired at the extremities, rear flyleaf in facsimile. (When this was recased, it was sewn in the conventional manner as the first issue, but this was originally stapled). Some discoloring to the upper right corner of the front board. 32 page catalogue of publisher's adv. dated October 1884. A very good tight clean copy. BAL 3414. Scarce. This preceeded the US edition.
Published in the United States in 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn portrays the continuing story of one of the main characters first introduced in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Wanting to escape his abusive father, Huck runs away. Huck is joined with Jim, a runaway slave who fears being sold. Huck and Jim encounter all sorts of adventures and unique people on their way down the Mississippi River. The book also serves as a commentary on slavery and race relations in the nineteenth century. Thus, there is much more to this book than a boy simply narrating his adventures as he runs away with an escaped slave. True, the book uses words which would be considered offensive by present standards; moreover, some would say that this is a racist book. However, the book must be interpreted and analyzed in the time in which it was written. With this book, Mark Twain capably presents a social issue from the perspective of a boy seeking a better situation. I found Huck Finn more enjoyable as I read it right after I finished Tom Sawyer; while one does not have to read Tom Sawyer to understand Huck Finn, one will get a lot more out this book if the prequel is read first.
Mar 3, 2011
Book in very good shape. Was sent out and arrived in great shape and promptly. Would recommend to anyone
Dec 29, 2009
read it for a reason
I call this an onion (or parfait!) book, best understood by recognizing its layers. While many people "enjoy" Huck when they are children, it's best read by adults or teens with their eyes and ears open. Twain gives us harsh criticism of all American society, disguised as an adventure. The only decent human being in the book is Jim, and that was Twain's point. Twain wrote in reaction to how he saw people treating each other, but he knew no one would read it if it began "You all need to be nicer!" At every turn we get a semi-humorous event with a terribly dark underbelly. If you don't pay attention, you'll miss the very serious nature of this novel.
Sep 27, 2009
Huck & Jim's Serendipitous Salvation
Of all the endings possible for 'Huckleberry Finn,' only one would have made any sense. My own, uneducated guess is that Mark Twain didn't want (or didn't have the courage) to go that way, so he tacked on a resolution clapped together from maudlin slop and preposterous coincidence. When I put my mean eye on 'Huck Finn,' I can literally see where the fix was thrown in. It couldn't be clearer had the author drawn a line across the bottom of chapter 31.
Thus what might have been one of the world's great tragedies became what is yet one of the world's great pieces of kiddie lit. The world declares it so and so it will remain, which is some consolation because the book remains a tragedy of a sort.
The world needs kiddie lit, whether adults enjoy it or not. That's why 'Huckleberry Finn' will outlast ten thousand writers like me. It will survive all attempts to pry it out of its place in the canon and future generations will have to suffer that awful resolution just as I did. Most people don't notice anything wrong with it, anyway.
The upshot is that 'Huck Finn' is immortal: it is a thing like warfare or venereal disease. And if (unlike most Americans) you've read all of Mark Twain, you know the old geezer would have chortled at and cherished that thought.
When I was a lad of nine years, I'd have rated "Huckleberry Finn" at six stars, my logic then being that five were not enough. Today, 61 years old, getting on toward the end of a hard life, I give it three stars for the three fourths of the book that are truly superb. The rest of it is goo.
Feb 26, 2009
It's a Classic, Right?
Don't get me wrong, Twain's a good writer, but calling this book the foundation of American literature is perhaps going a bit far in the praise department. Twain's address of race and youth in pre-Civil War Mississippi is a thought-provoking message for adults, but this books maybe isn't the children's book that it's been labeled as. Aside from the "N" word that covers every page, the very portrayal of Jim the runaway slave is awkward for those not of white descent. The story, also, descends into the kind of farcical rudeness that Tom Sawyer is famous for, so it's not exactly an idea adult book either. My advice is to buy it for your kid before they go to college and advise them to not bother reading anything past chapter 10. Then again, it's one of those books that you "ought" to read, so . . .
Publishers Weekly, 2013-11-25 Twain's classic novel describes the exploits of young Huckleberry Finn as he escapes his hometown and travels down the Mississippi River on a raft with escaped slave Jim. They encounter folks of all walks of life and repeatedly save one another from danger as they travel the American South. Eric G. Dove provides solid narration in this audio edition. Although his raspy, deep voice doesn't quite capture the youthful Huck and his naivete, Dove delivers a lively performance that boasts unique character voices and believable accents. And his pacing is perfect throughout: it's appropriate to the material and more than able to hold listener attention. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 1985-09-27 In this centenary year of the first American edition of Huckleberry Finn, Neider, who has worked long and well in the thickets of Twain scholarship (this is the ninth Twain volume he has edited), offers a most fitting tribute, for which he will be thanked in some quarters, damned in others. Neider's contribution is twofold: he has restored to its rightful place the great rafting chapter, which the author had lifted from the manuscript-in-progress and dropped into Life on the Mississippi, and he has abridged some of the childish larkiness in the portions in which Huck's friend Tom Sawyer intrudes into this novel. For decades, critics have lamented the absence of the ``missing'' chapter and deplored the jarring presence of Tom in episodes that slow the narrative, but not until now has anyone had the temerity to set matters right. In paring back the ``Tom'' chapters (which he fully documents in his lengthy, spirited introduction, with literal line counts of the excised material), Neider has achieved a brisker read. Though there may be some brickbats thrown at him for this ``sacrilege,'' few should object to the belated appearance of the transplanted rafting chapter in the novel in which it clearly belongs. October 25 (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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