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THE INNOCENTS ABROAD OR THE NEW PILGRIM'S PROGRESS Being Some Account of the Steamship Quacker City's Pleasure Excursion to Europe and the Holy Land (The Modern Readers' Series)

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) Introduction by Albert Bigelow Paine

Published by New York: The Macmillan Co. (1927)

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Item Description: New York: The Macmillan Co., 1927. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 5 X 7 1/2 inches high. xvi, 537 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering & decoration on spine & cover. With an inscription in Albert Bigelow Paine's hand to his daughter Joy, on ffep "To Joy, from Daddy ~ Rambouillet Aug 30, '27" Condition of the book is Very Good; light edge wear to covers, spine slightly faded, gilt lettering dull on spine, endpapers lightly foxed, text is very clean, binding is tight. Travel RGR 0.0. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 7784

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A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT.

Clemens, Samuel L. (Mark Twain).

Published by N.Y.: The Limited editions Club, 1949. (1949)

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Item Description: N.Y.: The Limited editions Club, 1949., 1949. #223 of a limited edition of 1500 copies, signed by the illustrator. Intro. by Carl Van Doren, illus. by Honore Guilbeau. 4to; 275 pp. Bound in gold colored foil with cloth spine, slight rubbing to foil, still a near fine copy, internally fine. Slipcase is also covered in the same foil and while it doesn't show mauch wear it does has a lot of markings. I think that while the case was not waterstained it may have been in damp condition and the slipcase shows the effect. It looks like it may have been stuck to books on both sides which pulled off small patches of foil. Case is only good with also a faded spine. Bookseller Inventory # 02741B

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Clemens, Samuel L.

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Item Description: Limited EditionsClub, New York, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Free Shipping in USA. LEC edition 275pp w/illustrations 8.75 x 12.5" Gold boards with blue cloth spine in gold slip case. With an intro. by Carl van Doren; illus by Honore Guilbeau, and signed by him. Ltd to 1500 ccs, of which this is #269. Condition: A bit of edge wear, covers a bit rubbed, else Very Good. Slip case rubbed with some edge wear, else Good condition. We ship books in the USA in sturdy corrugated cartons not padded envelopes. Free tracking (delivery confirmation) for all USA shipments. Large and/or heavy book. Extra postage may be needed for foreign shipment. Bookseller Inventory # 30880

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

CLEMENS, Samuel L. [Mark Twain]

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Item Description: Limited Editions Club, New York, 1949. hardcover. Book Condition: very good(-). Guilbeau, Honore (illustrator). Limited. One of 1500 numbered copies, signed by the illustrator. With an Introduction by Carl Van Doren and Illustrations by Honore Guilbeau. Decorated color initials and text vignettes throughout. 275 pages. 4to, cloth-backed gold boards (scuffed and somewhat spotted; internally clean). New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1949. A very good(-) copy. Bookseller Inventory # 244975

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Item Description: Privately Printed, Denver, 1986. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 2nd Edition, Thus, Limited. 34 pages. This copy is letter "O" of 26 lettered copies hard-bound in cloth and it is signed by Donald M. Kunde, original publisher (private) of this wonderful text. Second edition expanded with added material. Illustrated. Fine. (060). Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 004604

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A YANKEE IN KING ARHUR'S COURT

Clemens, Samuel L.

Published by The Limited Editions Club, New York (1949)

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1949. Cloth and Decorative Boards. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Slip Case. Honore Guilbeau (illustrator). 1st Edition thus. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Slip Case in fine Condition. Has book plate on front paste down. Signed by Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 028071

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Notorious Jumping Frog & Other Stories.

TWAIN, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens).

Published by Limited Editions Club,, NY: (1970)

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Item Description: Limited Editions Club,, NY:, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Illustrated by Joseph Low (illustrator). Selected and introduced by Edward Wagenknecht. This copy is number 311 of a limited edition of 1,500 copies. SIGNED by the illustrator. A bit of fading to the cloth at the crown of the spine, else near fine in a very good (moderate shelf wear and aging) slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 53568

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Clemens, Samuel L.

Published by The Limited Editions Club 1948, 1949, New York (1948)

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club 1948, 1949, New York, 1948. Hardcover. The words of Mark Twain's classic spoof are enhanced with an introduction by Carl Van Doren and the pen-and-ink drawings of American artist Honore Guilbeau (1907-2006). Each chapter begins with an illuminated letter in blue and gold, as crafted by Guilbeau. A lovely edition. #980 of 1500 copies, signed by Honore Guilbeau on rear fly leaf. Three-quarter blue cloth with slick gold paper figured boards, slick gold paper slipcase, gilt letters on spine, 275 pp., many illus. G+ (Ex-library, with spine marks on slipcase, book has minor edge rubbing, slipcase has borne the brunt of past use but is still intact and good.). Bookseller Inventory # 135694

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A Tramp Abroad. Illustrated by David Knight. With an Intro

CLEMENS, Samuel L.]

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Item Description: 0. KNIGHT, David (illustrator). [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]. A Tramp Abroad. Illustrated by David Knight. With an Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht. Original cloth-backed marbled boards in publisher's slipcase. Hartford: Printed for members of the Limited Editions Club, [1966]. Limited to 1,500 copies signed by the artist. A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 2669

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The Prince and the Pauper. With an Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht and Illustrations by Clarke Hutton.

LEC]. Twain, Mark. [Samuel L. Clemens].

Published by Westerham: Printed for the Members of the Limited Editions Club by the Westerham Press, LTD, 1964. (1964)

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Item Description: Westerham: Printed for the Members of the Limited Editions Club by the Westerham Press, LTD, 1964., 1964. 221 (2)pp. 4to. Original cloth in glassine wrap and protective box. LEC: #386 or 1500 copies signed by the artist. . Very good in very good box. Bookseller Inventory # 506

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Roughing It. Illustrated by Noel Sickles With an Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht.

LEC]. Twain, Mark. [Samuel L. Clemens].

Published by New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1972. (1972)

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Item Description: New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1972., 1972. xxvii, 445 (2). Tall 8vo. Ofiginal cloth-backed illustrated boards in protective box. LEC edition: #386 of 1500 copies signed by the artist. . Very good in very good box. Bookseller Inventory # 504

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Pudd'nhead Wilson. With An Introduction By Edward Wagenknecht.

Clemens, Samuel L. Illustrated by John Groth.

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Item Description: Limited Editions Club. One of 2,000 numbered copies, signed by the artist. Pictorial cloth with a leather spine label lettered in gilt, slipcase with side compartment containing the supplemental publication "PUDD'NHEAD WILSON'S CALENDAR" bound in marbled paper. Minor shelf wear to the slipcase, otherwise a fine copy. LEC BIBLIOGRAPHY 477. Bookseller Inventory # 7302

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CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT.|A

Clemens, Samuel L.

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1949. Limited Editions Club (illustrator). small 4to. cloth spine with sides covered with gilt paper stamped in blue, slipcase. xii, 275+(1) pages. With an Introduction by Carl van Doren and illustrations by Honore Guilbeau. Limited to 1500 numbered copies signed by Guilbeau (LEC 196). Lettering of title lines done in gilt by Charles E. Skaggs in facsimile of 6th century illuminated manuscripts. Gilt foil covering slipcase is curled along front edge. Spine of book is slightly faded. cloth spine with sides covered with gilt paper stamped in blue, slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 30338

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Clemens, Samuel L. (Intro. by Carl Van Doren)

Published by New York: The Limited Editions Club (1949)

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Item Description: New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Limited Edition. No. 166 of an edition limited to 1500 copies. 8 ½ in. x 12 in. 275 pp. Illustrations by Honore Guilbeau who has signed on the colophon. Blue cloth spine with gilt titling. Illustrated gilt paper boards. Previous owner's bookplate on front free end-paper; both free end-papers show evidence of tape having been removed. Spine a bit faded. Loosely inserted is the Monthly Letter of the LEC discussing this book and Clemens (Mark Twain). In a slipcase covered with gilt paper, some edges of which show curling. Weight is 4 ¼ lbs. Postage may be extra on this item. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # A&D 146

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Jumping Frog: In English. Then in French. Then Clawed Back into a Civilized Language Once More by Patient, Unremunerated Toil.

TWAIN, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens).

Published by Chronicle Books,, San Francisco: (1987)

ISBN 10: 0877014426 ISBN 13: 9780877014423

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Item Description: Chronicle Books,, San Francisco:, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Illustrated with wood engravings by Alan James Robinson. First printing thus. SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page. From a smoker's library - light tobacco odor, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 64820

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MARK TWAIN COMPLIMENTS THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE

Clemens, Samuel L.

Published by Anne & David Bromer, Boston (1984)

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Item Description: Anne & David Bromer, Boston, 1984. Miniature Books (illustrator). miniature book (5.8 x 4.6 cm). brown cloth with paper cover label inset onto front cover. (iv), 14, (4) pages. Limited to 200 numbered copies signed by printer of which this is one of the 150 trade copies (Bradbury, Bromer 11). Printed letterpress by Rez' Lingen at his Poote Press. The first appearance of this Twain sentiment. brown cloth with paper cover label inset onto front cover. Bookseller Inventory # 116890

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A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. With an Introduction by Carl Van Doren and Illustrations by Honore Guilbeau.

Twain, Mark (1835-1910) as Samuel L. Clemens

Published by Aldus Printers and Ferris Printing, New York, NY (1949)

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Item Description: Aldus Printers and Ferris Printing, New York, NY, 1949. Hardcover. First thus edition. Quarto (4to). [xi] 275 pages of text. Measures 30.8cm (height). Hardcover: 1/2 blue cloth; gold paper covered boards; blind stamped blue decoration; #1161 of 1500; signed by Guilbeau; author's full name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens; slip-case damaged; prospectus laid in; owner marks. American novel; fine printing; Limited Editions Club. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 7854baU

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Item Description: 1978. Moser, Barry (illustrator). [CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.] 1601. Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors. [By] Mark Twain. [N.p., 1978] [10], 25 p. Fine- wove linen cloth. Very fine. One of 200 copies of the "Lazarus edition" consisting of newly discovered sheets of a 1920 edition with the addition of a new wood-engraved portrait of Twain by Barry Moser, signed and numbered by Moser. Bookseller Inventory # 14033

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Postcard handwritten and intitialed by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910).

Twain, Mark; Samuel L. Clemens

Published by Not published, London (1900)

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Item Description: Not published, London, 1900. Unbound. Book Condition: Very good condition. First Edition. Postcard measures 4.5" x 3.5", postmarked Kilburn July 19 1900. Addressed in Twain's hand "For Mr. Mac Allister 20 Hanover Square." Written by Twain on reverse is "July 18. I am a deal better, + expecting to be at 56 on Saturday [initialed] S.L.C." Sent to Twain's English publisher and neighbor, MacAlister. American literature. Slightly to moderately browned, with a few spots of staining including old adhesive residue near edges. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # a3143bas

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Autograph Letter, Signed: To Elisha P. Bliss, Jr., regarding Louise Chandler Moulton; Oct. 21, 1874.

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens; 1835-1910).

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Item Description: [Current publication status undetermined]. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 4 1/2 inches x 7 in., two pages on a single sheet, written on both sides. One horizontal fold, and three vertical folds present. The sheet shows age-related browning to the paper, and a 2 1/2 inch split to the lower portion of the first vertical fold and to the lower portion of the third vertical fold, small splits to the paper at the top ends of the first and third vertical folds are also present. This is written on a sheet of a quite fragile type of paper. Contents: Oct. 21. [1874] Friend Bliss: Mrs. Moulton is a pleasant body & one you might write directly to, or go & see her, if you prefer. If there's nothing in it, there's no harm done. I would like to see them all quit the "trade"--still, if they prefer to stick to the "trade", nobody is much damaged but themselves. I hope you will sell a pile of Howells's book when it comes out-- & Harte's. The effect will be good. Mrs. Moulton is still stringing out her summer at Pomfret, Conn. [word inked out] We are going to try to make the play run 200 nights in New York Yrs. Mark. / Inscribed in another hand (possibly, Bliss), in reverse, under the signature line: Saml Clemens. Oct. 21" 74 Addressed to publisher and president of the American Publishing Company, Hartford, Connecticut, Elisha P. Bliss, Jr. (1822-80), regarding Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1908), with mention of William Dean Howells, and presumably, Bret Harte's upcoming publications. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1278119734

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Monthly Suppers of the Male Teachers of New York at Hotel Albert.

CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.).

Published by NY Male Teacher's Association of New York 1901 (1901)

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Item Description: NY Male Teacher's Association of New York 1901, 1901. 24mo. booklet, signed by Mark Twain in pencil on the front cover. The booklet is a program for the monthly dinner meeting of the Male Teacher’s Association of New York that occurred on March 16th, 1901, most notable for the fact that Mark Twain was one of the principal speakers. The theme of the evening was training students to be good citizens, and Twain’s speech addressed his own interpretation of patriotism. In an April 7, 1901 New York Times article covering the event, it is reported that Twain said, "I would teach patriotism in the schools, and teach it this way: I would throw out the old maxim, ‘My country, right or wrong,’ &c., instead I would say, ‘My country when she is right.’" He continued on, saying, "I would not take my patriotism from my neighbor or from Congress. I should teach the children in the schools that there are certain ideals, and one of them is that all men are created free and equal." The first page of the booklet is a roster of the association’s officers and members of the group’s glee club, and the second page is the menu for the evening. The third page lists the seven speakers for the evening, including Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), and the final page lists the Supper Committee members. Laid in is a mimeographed sheet with the club’s annual budget statement. The text is printed in blue, and the booklet is in printed cream wrappers and tied with a blue ribbon laced through the spine. A few spots of soiling and some faint toning to the covers, ribbon shows some wear, else near fine. Bookseller Inventory # 24724

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The Prince and the Pauper A Tale For Young People of All Ages.

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)

Published by London: Chatto & Windus (1897)

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Item Description: London: Chatto & Windus, 1897. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. PRESENTATION COPY - NEW EDITION. 1 vol., 7-3/4" x 5-1/2", with 190 illustrations, inscribed on the front blank endleaf "Truly Yours/ Mark Twain/ Vienna, December 1897". Bound in the publisher's original gilt and blind stamped blue cloth, inner and outer hinges fine, head and foot of spine fine, overall VERY GOOD. Mark Twain went broke after the Civil War, plunging too heavily in his publishing firm, and in the development of an ill-fated type-setting machine. Somehow, his friends had learned that Twain had a fabulous following in Europe generally, but particularly in Vienna. When his daughter developed a hankering for piano lessons from a famous Viennese teacher the family packed up and moved into a many-room apartment in HOTEL METROPOLE in Vienna, out of which he ventured to give many lectures of a witty sort. The Europeans simply loved to be satirized, and during 1897-99 they flocked to hear him identify their weaknesses. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000159591

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The Writings of Mark Twain.

Clemens, Samuel L. (Mark Twain).

Published by Gabriel Wells, New York (1922)

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Item Description: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. Octavo, bound in original cloth. One of 1024 numbered sets with volume one signed by Mark Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine. 35 volumes. In very good condition with the labels in facsimile to the spine. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). Bookseller Inventory # 3697

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THE INNOCENTS ABROAD

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

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Item Description: 1869. [inscribed by Twain to Stoddard] or The New Pilgrims' Progress. With Two Hundred and Thirty-Four Illustrations. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, 1876. Original very dark brown cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition, later printing, of Mark Twain's second book (preceded only by THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY). This is Twain's account, filled with shrewd observation and humor, of his steamship journey to Europe and the Levant -- originally in the form of letters to American newspapers. It proved to be Twain's first commercial success; as with most books produced by The American Publishing Company, copies were sold on a subscription basis, i.e. door-to-door by salesmen, rather than through bookshops.~The first edition was published in 1869; this is a later printing from those plates, published in 1876. Condition is bright and near-fine (a hint of wear at the ends of the joints, front endpaper slightly cracked, small inkstain on the bottom edge, 1924 catalogue description of this copy tipped in). McBride pp 6-7; Blanck 3316. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case.~The front free endpaper is inscribed and signed by Twain, "To Chas Warren Stoddard | from his friend | Mark Twain | Hartford Oct. 1877." Stoddard (1843-1909) was an American writer who grew up on the East Coast but who settled in San Francisco in 1859 (and thus was there when Twain arrived there). Like Twain, Stoddard was a world traveler; beginning in 1873 he had a five-year world tour (including the time of this inscription) as a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and beginning in 1880 he became co-editor (with Bret Harte and Ina Coolbrith -- together known as the "Golden Gate Trinity") of the Overland Monthly -- which in 1870 had published some of Twain's earliest writings.~Provenance: bookplate of William Harris Arnold (1854-1923), the bibliophile who authored VENTURES IN BOOK COLLECTING (1924). Bookseller Inventory # 11863

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Autograph Letter, Signed.

CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. (MARK TWAIN).

Published by (Hartford) N.p. 1889 (1889)

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Item Description: (Hartford) N.p. 1889, 1889. (3)pp., rectos only. Dated July 15, 1889, from Clemens to his daughter, Clara, signed "Papa," about a train disaster in Virginia. An update about the wreck arrived in a letter while Clemens was dining with his friend, Charles Dudley Warner, a fellow American writer. Clemens’s vivid description of the event brings alive the immediacy of the disaster. He writes, ". that late accident still grows & grows. There had been a washout; several hundred feet of the road were gone; two hours after midnight that sleeping-car train dashed in to that vacant space in a pouring rain, & mingled its wreckage with the chaos of rocks, weeds, rails & freshet-rubbish contributed by the washout; the crushed passengers woke up & wailed out in that rainy thick darkness; then the cheerful car-stove came to their help; & gave them light, & burnt them up." He goes on to describe how a young girl (Miss Patty Carrington) was killed in the fire, and how the girl’s adoptive mother, Mrs. Judge Thompson, who survived the crash, lost all of her clothing and baggage containing two centuries-worth of family heirlooms as well. The accident to which he refers happened on July 2, 1889, on the Norfolk & Western Railroad line near Thaxton, VA. It was the most serious accident in the railroad’s history: seventeen people were killed and many more were injured. Clemens closes the letter on a lighter note, describing a piece by Beethoven performed by his neice: "the one where, all along & all along, half a dozen of the bass notes keep rolling back down stairs a little way — only to the first landing; & get up again & roll down again & are the darling of the piece & the charm of it." He signs the letter, "Goodbye dear heart — write me again. Papa. P.S. I don’t mean this letter as an answer to your letter, it is merely a response." With the original envelope addressed to Clara in Elmira, NY, where Clemens and his family kept a summer home. A dramatic and historical letter that captures Clemens’s instinct for storytelling. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 24731

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The Love Letters of Mark Twain

TWAIN, MARK.) CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.

Published by New York: Harper, 1949 (1949)

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Item Description: New York: Harper, 1949, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Original black cloth, dust jacket. Slipcase. A fine copy. First edition of Samuel Clemens’s wonderful love letters to his wife Livy, signed by the author both “S. L. Clemens” and “Mark Twain” on the tipped-in limitation sheet. This is one of 155 numbered copies of the deluxe limited edition. The leaf also bears the notice, “these signatures of Mark Twain have been in the possession of Harper & Brothers for fifty years. There are no more.” These letters span the years from the couple’s initial courtship in 1868 through Livy’s death in 1904. In his long first letter to Livy, who had rebuffed him, Clemens writes in small part, “I do not regret that I have loved you, still love & shall always love you. I accept the situation, uncomplainingly, hard as it is. Of old I am acquaint- ed with grief, disaster & disappointment, & have borne these troubles as became a man. So, also, shall I bear this last & bitterest, even though it break my heart. I would not dishonor this worthiest love that has yet been born within me by any puerile thought, or word, or deed. It is better to have loved and lost you than that my life should have remained forever the blank it was before ”. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12592135014

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The Writings of Mark Twain.

Clemens, Samuel L. (Mark Twain).

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Item Description: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather. Titles to the spine and tooling in gilt, top edge gilt. One of 1024 numbered sets with volume one signed by Mark Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine. 35 volumes. In near fine condition. A lovely set. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). Bookseller Inventory # 3571

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The Writings of Mark Twain -

Clemens, Samuel L.]

Published by New York: Gabriel Wells, 1922-1925 (1925)

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Item Description: New York: Gabriel Wells, 1922-1925, 1925. Welles had purchased the right from Collier and Son for a purported $200,000. Welles added an autographed flyleaf from Mark Twain's hand from stock recently discovered in the Harper and Brothers vaults to Volume One of each set. Twain signed the sheets in 1906, in anticipation of what was to become the definitive collection of his writings. This became the best edition of Twain, complete with the Biography (vols. 30-33) and Letters (Vols. 34 & 35), edited by Paine, and the Autobiography (vols. 36 & 37) The Definitive Edition, no. 532 of 1024 sets signed by Twain (as both "Mark Twain" & "S.L. Clemens"). 37 vols., 8vo. With aproximnately 160 plates throughout the set. Printed on specially made all rag Old Enfold Paper which bears the watermark "Samuel L. Clemens - Mark Twain" The illustrators include Howard Pyle, Dan Beard, Peter Newell, A. B. Frost, Edward Kemble and many others, though many of the illustrations were earlier utilized for the 1899 "Autograph Edition." With notes of appreciation and commentary by Hamlin Garland, E.V. Lucas, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Booth Tarkington, G.K. Chesterton. W.D. Howells, and many others. Paine contributed introductions, and volumes 30-33 print his biography of Clemens and volumes 34-5 his edition of the LETTERS. Volumes 36 and 37 print the AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Original boards, blue cloth spines with printed paper labels. Good set (some wear to labels). Schmidt, A HISTORY OF AND GUIDE TO UNIFORM EDITIONS OF MARK TWAIN'S WORKS, Chapter 29 (online text). Bookseller Inventory # 233804

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Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven

CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.]

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Item Description: By Mark Twain. Frontispiece illustration by Albert Levering. Original pictorial cloth. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1909.First edition of this short work of fiction written many years earlier but which had been considered too shocking to publish. In this copy the sheets bulk 5/8", the thickest of three variants (priority if any unknown). See BAL 3511. A fine presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front paste-down: "To / W.W. Jacobs / with Compliments / Mark Twain / October 1909" [the month of publication]. Lightly foxed; spine faded as usual, but a good copy with Jacobs' bookplate on the front free endpaper. In a cloth folding box. William Wymark Jacobs (1863-1943); English short story writer and novelist. Most of his tales were humorous ones about sailors, especially their escapades ashore, but he is also remembered for two of his horror stories -- "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Toll House." Clemens greatly admired Jacobs' writing. Alan Gribben's Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction (Boston,1980, I, 348) lists three of Jacobs' books, Dialstone Lane (1904), Sailors' Knots (1909; "inscribed on first flyleaf: 'To Samuel L. Clemens/With compliments/W.W. Jacobs/Oct 1909'." ) and Salthaven (1908). In a letter to Jacobs of 28 October 1908 Twain declared: "'It is my conviction that Dialstone Lane holds the supremacy over all purely humorous books in our language' and mentioned that he had kept his copy 'moving' among his friends. . . . 'I place Salthaven close up next to Dialstone [Lane] because I think it has a fair and honest right to that high position. I have kept the other book moving; I shall begin to hand this one around now. And many thanks for remembering me. . . ." During the last year of his life, Gribben notes that Twain read from 'that brilliant book" [ie. Salthaven] to a young girl, Helen Allen. . . .". Bookseller Inventory # 24582

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Works; The Writings of Mark Twain. Autograph Edition. [Signed by Twain, and with a Manuscript page].

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens).

Published by Hartford, Connecticut.: The American Publishing Company, (1899)

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Item Description: Hartford, Connecticut.: The American Publishing Company, 1899. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. "The Autograph Edition of Mark Twain's Works is limited to Five Hundred and Twelve Copies, of which this is No. 4 [signed]: S.L. Clemens (Mark Twain)." With a Twain & a C. D. Warner Manuscript leaf from "The Gilded Age." Presswork by The University Press, Cambridge. (1899-1907). Twenty-five volumes; 5 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in., with the signed limitation page in the first volume; engraved portrait and title-page, followed by title-page for the work; with an essay: "Biographical Criticism" (pp. v-xxxiii), which is signed at the end by the author, Brander Matthews; illustrated (some are photogravures); some illustrations are signed. Volume 5 is signed by Charles Dudley Warner. The double Manuscript page is in the first volume, following the front endpaper, and has an early typed slip, reading: "Original Autograph Manuscript Pages from The Gilded Age." Bound in full, dark red-brown morocco leather by Pfister, with its stamp on the endpapers. With five raised bands on the spine gilt titling, and a gilt floral design on the spine and front covers, with doublures of green and dark red-brown morocco with a gilt design of floral sprays, gilt borders, gray silk endpapers; top-edges gilt. Some of the spine ends, outer hinges, or cover corners show light wear or rubbing to the leather; a few volumes show more wear. With the bookplates of Cleveland, Ohio-based book collector, William G. Mather (1857-1951), on the backs of the front endpapers. The Twain Manuscript leaf of 24 lines shows crossing out, additions in ink and begins: "save the child yet. Bless my life, what lawyers they have in New York!" [-] and concludes: "Our bill will go through in forty-eight hours, then, we’ll telegraph a mil-." The Charles Dudley Warner leaf is joined to the paper tab, and is of a slightly smaller size, written in violet ink, and begins: "withheld-that would have made a hero of a very much less promising character than Philip Sterling." And ends: "Calculate how much poorer he was by possessing it." The Twain material is from Volume 11 of this set: The Gilded Age, Volume Two; Chapter 20 (51), p. 226; and the Warner material is from the same Volume, Chapter 18 (49), p. 204. Near Fine. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # m-35

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