New York, NY: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. [American literature] FIRST EDITION, EARLIEST STATE of the cloth issue, now attractively bound. Large octavo (22 x 18cm), pp.366. Illustrated throughout. Full green morocco, gilt, with the original cloth covers preserved at rear. Binding features raised bands to spine with gilt titles and decoration, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Internally clean save for the occasional thumbmark, portrait is creased with an old (discreet) repair to rear. Fine. With the following issue points confirming this as one of the initial cloth copies: p.13: the illustration captioned "Him and another Man" is listed, wrongly, as at p.88; p.57: the eleventh line from the bottom reads: "...with the was..."; p.155: with the final five lacking; p.161: lacks the signature mark 11 at the bottom of the page. In addition, the portrait frontispiece has the tablecloth, or scarf, clearly visible. The contentious 'bulging fly' plate (p.283) was only included in publisher's leather copies and is therefore not pertinent to cloth copies. Item #42782
Blanck . BMC No261, p.90-93.
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