In its 1884 trade edition, Huckleberry Finn was illustrated by E. In our fine edition, the 174 identical illustrations of Mr.
Kemble re-appear, replete with Huck's original clothes, not some good clothes in which most all later editions portrayed him. Carefully using a copy of the first edition of Huck in the Yale University Library, Carl Purington Rollins, Printer to the Yale Press, had new line-plates made of the Kemble drawings. Rollins obtained a special little drawing in 1932, so in our book there is a juxtaposition of the frontispiece and title page; for on the frontispiece there is a drawing signed "Kemble 1884" and on the title page there is a drawing signed Kemble 1932. To put these drawings in context, Mr. Kemble was a very young man when he made his original drawings, which accompanied Huck in serial form in the old Century magazine before publication in book form.
Rollins proceeded to design our edition at the Yale University Press, where he utilized a new cutting of the John Bell type, made for the monotype machine by Stanley Morrison of the Lanston Monotype Company of London. Rollins selected one made completely of rags; it has a warm and mellow almost -yellowish tinge; it is thin but amazingly opaque, and it is soft and limp, which is very inviting to the ink of the press and a delight to the fingers and to the eyes.
No two pages are the same size. The paper is from the mill of the Worthy Paper Company in Massachusetts. Credit is due the Yale Press for the printing of our book, and the binding accolades go to the Boston Bookbinding Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The cloth used in the first edition was green, and our cloth-covered edition has a pleasing, striped green pattern woven into it, and a healthy, rough, clothy feel to it.
A border design is stamped in green on both sides of the cover; this is a border made from decorative material originally drawn by John Bell at his The British Letter Foundry in the late 1700s. In the center of the front cover a medallion of Huck Finn is stamped in gold; the title of the book is stamped on the spine in gold; and the top of the book is gilded. This is copy number 710 of 1500 copies and is signed by Carl Purington Rollins. Accompanying the offer is the exceedingly elusive four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches.
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