With Marginal Illustrations. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, 1894. Original red-brown cloth decorated in black.
First American Edition ("Pudd'nhead Wilson," but not "Those Extraordinary Twins," appeared a few weeks earlier in Britain). 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 novel has come to be regarded, along with HUCK FINN, as one of Twain's strongest statements on the subjects of miscegenation and on the degenerative impact of slavery. (Twain spun off "Those Extraordinary Twins" from the PUDD'NHEAD manuscript, when he realized that his planned comedy was rapidly turning into a tragedy.)~This copy is from the first printing, with the leaves bulking a scane 1-1/8" and with gatherings 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8 unsigned. Its condition is very good-plus (light wear at the corners, spine gilt lightly rubbed). McBride p. 170; Blanck 3442. Item #6303