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Clemens, Samuel L. [intro: Carl Van Doren; illus: Honore Guilbeau

Published by Limited Editions Club (1949)

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Item Description: Limited Editions Club, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Illustrations. 276 pages. Number 1400 of 1500 copies SIGNED by illustrator Guilbeau. Blue cloth spine somewhat faded but volume is overall NEAR FINE in NEAR FINE slipcase. ***** Heavy volume will require extra postage. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # JR495

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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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Clemens, Samuel L.

Published by Limited EditionsClub, New York (1949)

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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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TWAIN, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens) & Fritz Kredel

Published by The Limited Editions Club, New York (1962)

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1962. First edition. Hardcover. 499 pages. Copy 32 from a limited edition of 1500 printed at The Thistle Press of one of Clemen's better books. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht and with color illustrations by Fritz Kredel. A fine copy in a very good glassine jacket with a couple of tears and chips to the base of the spine and some other wear as well in a close to near fine slipcase with a small chip to the paper label. Signed by Kredel on the limitation page. Bookseller Inventory # 134896

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CLEMENS, Samuel L. [Mark Twain]

Published by Limited Editions Club, New York (1949)

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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 by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 004604

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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good +. Honore Guilbeau (illustrator). Limited to 1500 copies, numbered and signed by illustrator. This is copy no. 309. Quarter cloth with gilt lettering and gold paper over boards with blue design to front panel. Edges of boards lightly rubbed, in rubbed but good slipcase. Includes the newsletter and card. Size: 4to. Signed by Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 21857

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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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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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CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.

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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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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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Twain, Mark [Samuel L. Clemens] Edited by Albert Bigelow Paine and Published by Gabriel Wells

Published by Gabriel Wells, New York (1922)

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Item Description: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good Condition. First Edition. Octavo, Paper covered boards with blue cloth spines. Printed paper spine labels. Some of the volumes have chipped edges. Some of the spine labels show wear and fading. Three volumes have discolored areas at the base of the spine. Some mild foxing on the preliminary pages of a few volumes. The fly-leaf was signed by Mark Twain in 1906 in anticipation of the publication of this edition which did not appear until after his death. It is double-signed as Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens and is additionally by Mark Twain's biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. Twain was born during a visit by Halley's Comet which appears every 75 years, and he predicted that he would "go out with it" as well. He died the day following the comet's subsequent return. He was lauded as the " greatest American humorist of his age," and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature." The Definitive Edition, limited to 1,0 2 4 numbered sets, each signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain". Clemens planned a definitive and complete edition of his works before his death and, to that end, in 1906 signed 1,024 sheets with both forms of his name to be inserted in the first volume of the planned edition. The set was delayed for many years. Bookseller Inventory # 025134

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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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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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TWAIN, Mark (CLEMENS, Samuel L.)

Published by American Publishing Company, Hartford, Conn. (1879)

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Item Description: American Publishing Company, Hartford, Conn., 1879. Illustrated. 8vo, publisher's brown gilt- and blind-stamped cloth, with sample gilt cloth spine and a 2" square or red-brown morocco laid down on front pastedown; and sample sheep spine laid down on rear pastedown. Salesman's dummy. First state of frontispiece; 1879 date on title page. Extremities of spine and corners a little frayed; very attractive. Laid in is a publisher's flyer for this title printed on pink paper, with detailed "Confidential terms to agents" on verso. 15 subscribers have signed at rear, from Weedsport and Oakland, New York. Bookseller Inventory # 49499

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TWAIN, Mark. [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]

Published by Gabriel Wells, New York (1922)

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Item Description: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. 37 vols. Illustrated. 8vo, original cloth-backed boards with printed paper labels on spines. First edition; No. 138 of 1024 sets, the first volume signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain [paraph]". BAL 3691. Very slight use at extremities; spine labels very slightly sunned; all volumes tight and sound. The fly-leaf was signed by Mark Twain in 1906 in anticipation of the publication of this edition. Bookseller Inventory # 54155

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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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CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. (MARK TWAIN).

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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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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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CLEMENS, Samuel L.]

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Item Description: 0. [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]. Liber Scriptorum. The First Book of the Authors Club. Original full straight-grained morocco, stamped in gilt and blind, over thick wooden boards, T.e.g, housed in custom morocco-backed clamshell box. New York: The Authors Club, 1893. First edition. BAL 3438. One of 251 copies according to the limitation, but Johnson writes, " but were sold as separate articles." A lavish anthology, printed on fine paper watermarked "Authors Club," with contributions by Clemens, W.D. Howells, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Dudley Warner, Frank R. Stockton, F. Hopkinson Smith, E.C. Stedman, Henry Van Dyke, and many others. Each piece, including Clemens's "The California Tale," is signed by its respective author (109 in all). A very good or better copy. Bookseller Inventory # 53483

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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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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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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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