Logos Books & Records discovers a 1st American Edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Me touching the 1st Edition 1st State Adeventures of Tom Sawyer

Almost a year ago one of our book buyers was going through a box of books, a typical box, with old books that had been discarded years and years ago and stored in Charlotte Williams’ attic. They were nothing spectacular, maybe not books we see everyday, but books that are valued more for their age than content, until suddenly he found a very beautiful, very old, children’s edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It’s always a little exciting when we find old illustrated classics, though they rarely price for more than $20 or $30, they are special for their age, quality, and style. But this one, it turns out, was a 1st American edition, 1st state, making it the most expensive book in Logos’ history.  In November we sold this book with Ms. Williams at auction for $18k at Christie’s. Check out the Sentinel article published last Sunday!


Janina Larenas is the book buyer for the New Book Department. She is a printmaker and book artist who works with a variety of mediums to create narrative imagery. Her pieces range from stickers and posters to science illustration, embroidery to zines, often merging technical crafts with fine art presentation.