As Told by Huck Finn. And Other Tales. With a Portrait. London: Chatto & Windus, 1897. 32 pp ads dated Nov 1896. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt.
First English Edition (actually published in late 1896) of this tale of Tom Sawyer as a detective. Having seen the soaring popularity of Sherlock Holmes across the Atlantic, Twain was trying to capitalize on the craze by placing his own well-known character into a Sherlock-style adventure. Twain pointed out that the incident described was factual, from "an old-time Swedish criminal trial." "Tom Sawyer Abroad" appeared a week earlier in the 1896-dated American edition (which also reprinted TOM SAWYER ABROAD). There are six other tales as well; four of them appear here for the first time in book form, as they did not appear in America until 1897, in HOW TO TELL A STORY and Other Essays.~This copy is of the first issue, (reading "With a Portrait" on the title page and not "A New Edition with a portrait"). It is in close-to-fine condition, with scarcely any wear (spine very slightly darkened); this edition is rather uncommon. Blanck 3448; McBride p. 186. Item #14205