Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1894. First Edition. 8vo. 432pp. Frontispiece portrait of Twain with tissue guard; in-text illustrations on every page. This is the first state of the first edition with the bulk of the text block measuring 1 1/8" and title page not tipped-in. Publisher's black & gilt decorated brown cloth; gilt lettering; drab gray endpapers. Minor wear to extremities; previous owner name inside front and rear boards; a near fine copy. Item #20875
First published in the Century Magazine of December, 1893 to June, 1894. The story began as a farce about Siamese twins -- two different temperaments inseparably linked in one body -- and wound up becoming an irony about two babies -- one slave, one free -- switched in their cradles. (BAL 3442).