Now First Published in Complete Form. Sold only by Subscription. Hartford, Conn., and Chicago, Ill.: The American Publishing Company, 1875. Original blue cloth decorated in black and gilt.
First Edition, second and usual issue (without "From Hospital Days" on p. 299 -- a brief piece that appeared in the first issue, then was discovered not to have been written by Twain). A curiosity of this book is that on the spine the title is reversed, SKETCHES OLD AND NEW. Twain's next book after this, bound similarly, would be THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1876).~This is an unusually bright copy, in fine condition except for very slight rubbing at the corners. McBride p. 35; Blanck 3364. Item #13587