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1st Edition, 1885 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Book by Mark Twain, with Rare Vermont Historical Provenance

1st Edition, 1885 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Book by Mark Twain, with Rare Vermont Historical Provenance

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An antique, historical, highly collectible, important, & controversial book by one of America's most well known authors, Mark Twain.

Some claim its one of the best examples of American Literature.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)
by Mark Twain
1885 Charles L Webster & Co, New York.

© 1884 by Samuel L Clemens
(The two dates 1884 & 1885 are both used in this book)
Green Hardcover, with gold gilt, & 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble

1885 was the first printing in the USA & a few minor corrections were made during the year. This book has those changes or points, so this a 'later year' 1885 1st edition as most book experts agree on the first edition points.
For example: The second "5" on page 155 is slightly larger in this book.


Overall good condition.   
All original 
Has normal shelf wear, corners & edges rubbed, some smudges, stains, & spots. Some page aging.
Binding good. Appears to be intact.
The back blank inside cover page has a small tear.
See photos.

1> Charles T. Walter, late 1880's personal library collection sticker label #26 on inside cover.  Mr Walter was manager & editor of St. Johnsbury Republican Vermont newspaper, & book author.
2> Hand signed on inside front cover:
Dorothy C Walter 
Brown 1912.

ABOUT Dorothy C. Walter:
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University's Pembroke College in 1912, Rhode Island.  (This book may have been a graduation gift from her father.)

Dorothy C Walter is a documented Vermont author of plays, poetry, & stories. Worked as an English teacher for new emigrants, and helped others get published.  She was a researcher for the Vermont Commission on Country Life,  and an associate of Vermont literary figures John Walter Coates and Nellie Richardson.

Inherited her family's home, RIVERSIDE in Lyndon VT.   Late 1920's-1940's The League of Vermont Writers met at Riverside, along with other social events. 

Photo: Dorothy in Washington DC 
In her Autobiography, she called herself, "A Victorian Rolling Stone"

Vermont Historical Society Collections -
• The Dorothy Walter Papers 1898-1941 and The League of Vermont Writer's Secretary's Papers 1928-1942

"A home meshed with community, bustling with business, and filled with books, it also hosted a great deal of writing. Late in life when Dorothy described her childhood, she wrote: “Always when home with the family there was a great deal of typing, clerical work, editing, chart-making and proof-reading: my uncle and aunt were both authors; my father was a newspaper editor; my mother wrote poetry, did historical research and editing. I helped as needed on these projects.” 

Riverside is now the location of Riverside School.
Lyndon State College has a portion of her book collection.


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Due to its rarity and age, no returns accepted on this item.
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