Boston: Ticknor, 1885. First Edition. First printing. Earliest state of ads; battered type to last line on p.176, which has been cited by some as a point of issue, but is dismissed by Blanck. Small octavo (19.5cm); publisher's tan cloth with gilt titles and ornaments in black on spine and front cover; -515pp. A straight, attractive copy with mild rubbing to cloth at joints; the spine gilt has dulled somewhat, and there is a small spot of discoloration at the crown. Mild bump to upper edge of rear board. Overall a solid, Very Good example, internally quite fresh. Howells' most enduring novel, and a key work of 19th-c. American literary realism. BAL 9619. Merle Johnson High Spot.