N.p.. Soft Cover. [Chapters 1-21, Hartford & Elmira, 1876-1880]. New York, 1992. A direct copy made from the original autograph manuscript, by Sotheby's, in case the manuscript should be lost again. Quarto, 666 leaves (xerograph on laid paper, watermarked "Strathmore Alexandra Brilliant 100% cotton fiber USA" on the Sotheby's letterhead). Three volumes, clasp bound. The final half of the Huckleberry Finn MS was owned by the Buffalo Public Library. The consensus was that the first half was lost forever. But on Labor Day, 1990, the first half of the MS of the great American novel was found in an attic in Southern California. It was sent to Sotheby's for sale (the hammer price would have been in the millions). The curator of the Buffalo Public Library, William H. Loos, showed proof that Twain had gifted the entire MS to that library. An agreement was reached and the Buffalo Public Library, at last, owned the complete MS of Huckleberry Finn. Sotheby's was allowed to make two copies of the lost MS. One copy will be Held by Sotheby's. The present copy is the only copy of this important manuscript in private hands. This rare hard copy of Twain's MS, includes many corrections, by the author, which are yet unpublished. For example, page 29 shows some unsavory words which were eliminated from the novel. Also, a previously unknown episode, regarding some ghosts and a dead man, was expurgated before publication. But that story was published in the June 26/July 3, 1995 issue of The New Yorker magazine. [Together with]: A typed letter signed, from Jay Dillon (formerly of Sotheby's) and attesting that this is the only available copy of the above manuscript. Provenance: Jay Dillard, 1992-2002; Robert Slotta of Hilliard, Ohio, 2002-2009; Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc., 2009-.
(Inventory #: 3178)
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