The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Illustrated by Edward Burra
Published by Paul Elek, London in 1948
Custom Leather Binding by Sims Bindery, Mamhilad, South Wales
Binding Details: Fine contemporary binding by the Sims Bindery of three-quarter blue morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with raised bands to the spine, gilt titles and ruling and elaborate decorative giltwork including central gilt motifs. Single gilt lines to the boards and corners. There endpapers are the original Burra pictorial endpapers preserved from the original binding. There are hand-sewn silk endbands with the top page edges gold gilted. Laid into the book is a signed card from Andrew Sims stating that the book was bound by the Sims Bindery.
Book Details: Published in 1948 by Paul Elek, this is an increasing scarce illustrated edition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that features the striking full-page black-and-white drawings of Edward Burra. His illustrations are a dramatic departure from the illustrations of E.W. Kemble and bring a much different tone to Mark Twain’s masterpiece.
The book measures 9.25” x 6”, 307 pages and an introduction by Walter Allen.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is generally clean with age toning to the paper which is usual for this title. The book was published during WWII and the British Government had strict control on the rationing of paper and most books including this one were forced to use inferior paper for book publishing. There are no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses a wonderful edition of Twain’s masterpiece.
Photographs of the binding, endpapers, binder’s card, and several illustrations from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.