Cambridge: Limited Editions Club, at the University Press, 1939; 1942. Limited #203 of 1500 copies. SIGNED by Thomas Hart Benton on the colophon in each volume. Large 8vo. 340; 396 pp. Illustrated by Thomas Hart Benton; Edited with an Introduction by Bernard de Voto. Beautifully bound by Bayntun in full green morocco with blue & red gilt lettered title labels on spines; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers. Slight fading to spines else a fine and lovely set. Item #20783
Tom Sawyer, as Mark Twain wrote it, contained considerable material that appeared in no printed version until the publication of The Limited Edition Club edition, which also had an introduction by Bernard Devoto setting forth the story of the excisions and reproducing some of them in facsimile. Thus a Limited Edition Club edition of an ostensibly familiar text came to enshrine “subsequent matter” which the author had not designed to be subsequent at all... (Quarto-Millenary)‘Thomas Hart Benton was born for the purpose of illustrating Tom Sawyer.' - George Macy.