PUDD'NHEAD WILSON. A Tale. Mark Twain.


With a Portrait of the Author by James Mapes Dodge and Six Illustrations by Louis Loeb. London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. 32 pp ads dated Sep 1894. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black.

First Edition, issued a few weeks before the American edition (which was titled THE TRAGEDY OF..., and also included "the comedy of" THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TWINS). PUDD'NHEAD is a fascinating ante­bellum tale about two babies (one white and one "slightly" black) switched shortly after birth, one of whom ultimately sells his own mother into slavery in order to pay off his gambling debts.

This copy is in the primary red pictorial binding, and has the ad catalogue with the earliest date; there was also a non-pictorial secondary blue binding. This is a bright, near-fine copy, with essentially no wear, and with less-than-typical cover soil or fading. Curiously not in McBride (but see p. 170 for the American edition); Blanck 3441. Item #14612

Price: $450.00

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