Item #14857 TOM SAWYER ABROAD. Mark Twain.


With 26 Illustrations by Dan Beard. London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. 32 pp ads dated Feb 1894. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black.

First English Edition, apparently published one day after the American one (though this is far from certain). In this tale Tom, Huck and Jim travel about the world in a self-propelled balloon; Twain was trying to cash in on the popularity of Jules Verne (just as this book's sequel, TOM SAWYER DETECTIVE, would try to cash in on the popularity of Sherlock Holmes).

This copy is in the primary (red pictorial) binding -- showing our heroes drifting by in their balloon while four lions jump up at them from the ground. It is unusually bright and clean -- near-fine (as usual the volume is a little aslant, and there are a few faint marks). In our experience this English edition is scarcer than the American. Blanck 3440 (note); McBride p. 163. Item #14857

Price: $475.00

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