New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1889. 2 pp undated ads. Original olive green cloth decorated in gilt, black and grey.
First Edition of Twain's satirical time-traveling fantasy -- probably preceding the English edition titled A YANKEE AT THE COURT OF KING ARTHUR (both editions were issued in early December, precedence unknown). Hank Morgan, knocked out during a fight, comes to in Camelot in the year 528, where he avoids execution by successfully predicting an eclipse, uses 19th century weapons to help repel an attack, marries, and has a child -- only to be put into a deep sleep by Merlin, to reawaken in his proper era.~On all copies the title word "Connecticut" was curiously omitted from the binding. This copy has the p. 59 plate in the second state, lacking the odd S-shaped ornament between the words "The" and "King"; the ornament was apparently routed from the plate mid-run, as it was seemingly spelling "The Sking." In this copy p. [i] is blank, and there are olive green-on-pale grey floral-patterned endpapers (no precedence established for these latter points). It is in bright, just-about-fine condition (the slightest of rubbing at the corners, small ownership ink-stamp on the front paste-down). McBride p. 125; Blanck 3429. Item #13826