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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade): CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.]

CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.] TWAIN, Mark.

Published by New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885 (1885)

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Item Description: New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885, 1885. Square octavo, original green pictorial cloth, titles to spine and front cover in gold and black, recased, spine restored head and tail. Green morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. Somewhat rubbed, restoration at extremities, hinges repaired, slight damping to the fore-edge of the half-title and first few leaves, some marginal fingersoiling and occasional edge-splitting, about very good. Illustrated throughout with 173 text illustrations after E. W. Kemble, photogravure of Karl Gerhardt's portrait bust of Clemens, First American edition, first printing. This copy inscribed on the front pastedown by Twain with an autograph quotation from Pudd'nhead Wilson: "Mr. Charles Aubrey Slosson his Book. Consider well the proportions of things: it is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise. Truly yours, Mark Twain. Dec./05." Further similarly inscribed on the facing free endpaper by Twain's friend, the journalist, Poultney Bigelow: "Don't go to College if you seek Knowledge of humanity—in my case I learned to row and box and sipped at the fountain of youth—so be warned by your friend, Poultney Bigelow, October 10 1946 at Malden on Hudson." The traditional issue points on this book have recently been persuasively reassessed. The first printing of 30,000 copies was done using electrotype plates, produced simultaneously on different presses, hence minor variations within the first printing due to damaged plates. Only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57 the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides" (this last change overlooked by Johnson, Blanck et al.) These are the only points to distinguish between the first two printings, and our copy has all three in first state. Of the traditional issue points, this copy has p. 155 with the final 5 extending below the first two numbers and the cancel p. 283 with the suggestive illustration cleaned up, as always in cloth copies. The frontispiece is in the first state with the table cloth visible and unsigned on the finished edge of the bust, but this was separately printed and inserted in copies at random, and so has no bearing on priority. Copies were issued in leather bindings (sheep or three-quarters morocco), in blue cloth for those who wanted it uniform with Tom Sawyer and, as here, in green cloth. There is no priority between them: all were first available to the public on the same day in February 1885. BAL 3415; Grolier, 100 American, 87; Johnson, pp. 43-50; Kevin MacDonnell, "Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers," Firsts; The Book Collector's Magazine, Volume 8, Number 9 (September 1998), pp. 28-35. Bookseller Inventory # 92292

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.: CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne]

CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne] TWAIN, Mark.

Published by Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, 1876 (1876)

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Item Description: Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, 1876, 1876. Square octavo. Original blue vertically-ribbed cloth decoratively stamped in black and gilt and lettered in gilt and blind on front cover and spine, back cover decoratively stamped in black with publisher's device stamped in black in the centre, peach endpapers. Blue morocco slipcase and chemise, lettered gilt. Very slight rubbing and/or fraying to corners and spine extremities, inner hinges with some short superficial cracking, still an excellent copy, the cloth bright and fresh. Wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous wood-engraved text illustrations by True Williams and others. First American edition, first printing, printed on wove paper, with the half-title and frontispiece printed on separate leaves (verso of half-title and recto of frontispiece blank). The American edition was published around the beginning of December 1876, preceded by the London edition published in June the same year. Mark Twain had moved to Hartford to work with the publisher Elisha Bliss, Jr. of the American Publishing Company. At the time, Hartford was a publishing centre with twelve publishers, and the town had the highest per-capita income of any city in the United States. Tom Sawyer proved such a success that Twain was able to hire Tiffany to supervise the redecoration of his Hartford house. It also inspired him, somewhat less successfully, to found his own publishing house, Charles L. Webster and Company, which had success with its first two publications, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, but went bankrupt by 1894. BAL 3369; Grolier, 100 American, 79; Johnson, Twain, pp. 27–30; Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 43–44. Bookseller Inventory # 51871

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Tom Sawyer: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by American Publishing Company (1876)

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Item Description: American Publishing Company, 1876. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a laid in card. This First Printing book has all the First Issue points; printed on wove paper, with the half-title and frontispiece printed on separate leaves. Note: First Edition, second issue books are printed on laid paper with the frontispiece printed on same page of half-title page. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with some wear to the panels. The pages are clean with minor wear to the edges. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy SIGNED by the author. Includes a custom acetate dustjacket to protect the book. We buy SIGNED Mark Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7607127073

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Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by American Publishing Company, Hartford (1876)

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Item Description: American Publishing Company, Hartford, 1876. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the half-title and frontispiece printed on separate leaves and printed on wove paper instead of laid paper. This FIRST ISSUE book is bound in the ORIGINAL Blue Cloth boards with light restoration to the spine. The binding is tight, with some wear to the edges. The pages are clean with some staining to a few pages. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with ALL the First Issue points. We buy Mark Twain First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11281615158

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CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.] TWAIN, Mark.

Published by New York and London, Harper and Brothers, 1929 (1929)

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Item Description: New York and London, Harper and Brothers, 1929, 1929. 37 volumes, octavo (217 × 144 mm). Finely bound by Bayntun, mid twentieth century, in crimson full crushed morocco, spines gilt in compartments between five raised bands, gilt lettered in two panels and dated at foot, boards decorated with geometric interlace panel and cornerpieces, decoration to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Some small repairs to a few volumes. Overall a fine and attractive set. Memorial edition. Limited to 90 sets with a page of original manuscript material bound in. Signed by the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # 61912

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.: CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne]

CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne] TWAIN, Mark.

Published by London: Chatto and Windus, 1876 (1876)

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Item Description: London: Chatto and Windus, 1876, 1876. Octavo. Original red cloth with border and cover design blocked in black and lettering in gilt, cream coated endpapers. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Extremities a little rubbed, spine very slightly darkened, shelf-wear to bottom corners of front board, superficial cracking to rear inner hinge but otherwise intact, text block solid, a very good copy, fresh and unrestored, scarce thus. Ownership inscription on front pastedown. First edition, published on 9 June, thus preceding the first American edition that appeared in mid-December by some six months. Twain chose to have the book published first in London to ensure copyright and perhaps also because he was more highly esteemed in Britain than at home. Oxford conferred an honorary doctorate on Twain in 1907, three years before his death, an honour grander than any he ever received in America. BAL 3367. Bookseller Inventory # 70562

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark (Clemens)

Twain, Mark (Clemens)

Published by Charles L. Webster (1885)

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Item Description: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a laid in signature. This First Edition book has the original boards that are in nice shape with light wear to the spine and panels. The binding is tight, and the panels are crisp with slight wear to the edges. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. We buy Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-6299521585

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TWAIN, MARK.

Published by Hartford: American Publishing (1876)

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Item Description: Hartford: American Publishing, 1876. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. "Mark Twain refreshed his spirit in this semi-autobiographical story of boyhood . [and] let fresh air into the minds of parents who had shut the door on their own childhood, and they will be classics the world over as long as there are boys." - Grolier American 100 Books Original blue cloth. 19th-century stamps of Otis Fish on endpapers. Inner hinge neatly restored, spine ends expertly touched up. A very handsome copy. Half morocco case. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (on wove paper and with half-title and frontispiece on different leaves). The great wisdom and sparkling wit of Twain's masterpiece Tom Sawyer is legendary, and every reading reminds us of the treasures buried in its pages: "If he hadn't run out of whitewash, he would have bankrupted every boy in the village. . He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain. . Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." "Tom Sawyer was the first printed story of a boy in which the hero was recognizable as a boy throughout the whole narrative . until Tom Sawyer was written, nearly all the boys of fiction were adults with a lisp, or saintly infants, or mischievous eccentrics . in the work of Dickens there were hints of boys that were boys; but Tom was the first full blown boy in all fiction . the book is a landmark" (Booth Tarkington). Tom Sawyer is among the most difficult of the great 19th-century American novels to obtain in collector's condition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9553582566

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SAMUEL L. CLEMENS. MARK TWAIN

Published by New York (1886)

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Item Description: New York, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Signed Book. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles Webster, 1886. Second American edition. 8 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. With several prints, clippings, and other ephemera tipped in. Rebound at the Roycroft bindery. "Taking the pledge will not make bad liquor good, but it will improve it" Additional Images Available Upon RequestHistorical BackgroundThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Moby-Dick are often contenders for the title of "greatest American novel." Indisputable, however, is Clemens's sense of humor, as his inscribed and signed aphorism on the title page here indicates: "To Mr. Garth W. Cate: Taking the pledge will not make bad liquor good, but it will improve it. Truly Yours, Mark Twain, Nov. 25/06." This is the second American edition, with 174 illustrations by E. W. Kemble and a photogravure plate of a Clemens portrait bust by Karl Gerhardt. Additionally, there is an albumen photograph of Clemens mounted on the recto of the Gerhardt plate, an engraved portrait of Clemens mounted on verso of rear endpaper, several newspaper clippings, and three letters detailing the book's history and travels. Clemens's humorous inscription is explained in an accompanying letter from Garth W. Cate to Victor Jacobs, October 14, 1964. In 1906, Garth Cate was working as the lecture manager for Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York. Cate brought his well-worn childhood copy of Huckleberry Finn in to the Roycroft bindery to have it rebound. Hubbard saw the book and suggested Cate send it Clemens to for an inscription, and even offered to write Twain personally. Cate explains: "So I sent HUCK back to its spiritual father, and when it returned I was somewhat shocked, having been sent to a temperance Sunday School by a whiskey fearing mother. . Later on I was to marry a Christian Science practitioner, and when she saw this inscription she exclaimed: 'Why, that is the most immoral thing I ever saw! How could a great author send such a sentiment to a young man?' "Twain was no great fan of the temperance movement, especially its more radical proponents, whom he felt hurt the message. "Temperate temperance is best," Twain said in 1896. "Intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance, while temperate temperance helps it in its fight against intemperate intemperance. Fanatics will never learn that." He also disparaged the idea of total abstinence, hoping "to totally abstain from total abstinence itself" and disliked temperance pledges, especially when impressed upon youth by older generations.Garth Cate (1883?-1974) was an author, newspaperman, and social activist. He was born is Portage, Wisconsin, worked for newspapers in New York and Chicago, and retired to Tryon, North Carolina, working as a travel consultant. He was involved in literary circles that included Tom Wolfe, George Bernard Shaw, and Carl Sandburg. An early environmentalist and civil rights activist, Cate rubbed elbows with other social reformers such as Margaret Sanger and Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard.Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) was an American writer and philosopher. He is best known for founding the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York. Part of the Arts and Crafts movement, Roycroft championed artisanal production and attracted printers, leather workers, metalsmiths, furniture makers, and bookbinders, the latter being one of Hubbard's particular areas of interest. By 1900, the Roycroft philosophy of positive working conditions, communal effort, and passion for creativity had attracted over 500 people to East Aurora. Hubbard was also deeply involved in social issues ranging from civil rights, to woman suffrage, to anti-war efforts. Ironically, he died when a German submarine torpedoed the British passenger liner Lusitania in 1915.Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), also known as Mark Twain, needs no introduction.ConditionSome soiling and rea. (See website for full description). Signed Book. Bookseller Inventory # 23193

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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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TWAIN, Mark (pseud Samuel L. Clemens)

Published by American Publishing Company, Hartford (1876)

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Item Description: American Publishing Company, Hartford, 1876. First Edition. Issued some six months after the London edition, this most quintessentially American of American novels is comparatively uncommon in the First Printing, with only 5000 copies reputedly issued. A Second Printing, on laid paper, was issued on the same day. According to Blanck (citing the publisher's stock-book), a total of only 748 copies was issued in cloth with gilt page edges, and the Ahearns place a premium on these copies in their APG. GROLIER AMERICAN, 89. BAL 3369. BLANCK ("Peter Parley to Penrod") p.43ff. Square octavo (22.5cm); publisher's blue cloth boards, blocked in gilt and black on spine and covers; original peach endpapers; all edges gilt; [i]-[xvi], [17]-[275] + 4pp. publisher's ads. Blanck's First Printing, on wove paper with two blank pages between half-title and frontispiece; laid-paper triple fly-leaves front and back; earliest state of half-title, with "THE" in smaller type (per Ahearn). Expertly, almost invisibly, rebacked, preserving the original spine and endpapers; similarly expert strengthening and retouching to board corners. Spine a little rubbed and dull; light rubbing to boards. Internally fresh, with scattered thumb-soil and a few faint spots of foxing to text, but overall an attractive, Very Good copy of the uncommon gilt-edged issue. Bookseller Inventory # 17081

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The Complete Writings.: CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.]

CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.] TWAIN, Mark.

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

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Item Description: New York: Gabriel Wells, 1922, 1922. 37 volumes, octavo. Recent tan morocco, gilt lettered double red and green morocco labels, decoration to spines gilt, single roll to boards gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. The occasional minor blemish, an excellent set. Frontisportrait and illustrations throughout. The Definitive Edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1024 sets only of which this is 423. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive collected edition and so put his autograph to 1024 single leaves in 1906. These were not recovered until long after his death, when the project could finally be completed. This set includes the extra two volumes of Autobiography. Bookseller Inventory # 107494

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The Writings of Mark Twain: TWAIN, Mark

TWAIN, Mark

Published by Gabriel Wells, New York (1922)

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Item Description: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. One of 1024 sets with the first volume of each bearing the original autograph signature of Mark Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine. 35 volumes. Illustrations with lettered tissue guards. Rubricated titles, tall 8vo, handsomely rebound in 1/2 brown morocco with forest green leather labels, tan cloth, top edge gilt. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1922. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 243802

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Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by Charles Webster (1885)

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Item Description: Charles Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a laid in card. An attractive copy of this first edition with the gold lettering still present on the boards and spine. The book is in nice shape with light wear to the edges and corners. Overall, a sharp clean copy with the following First Edition points, Table Cloth present, "Him and Another Man" listed incorrectly, "with the was" and P. 155 lettering with 5 mis print. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Mark Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1152546405

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Autograph letter signed ("From your well-wishing friend: Twain, Mark (d.

Twain, Mark (d. i. Samuel Langhorne Clemens), writer, writer (1835-1910).

Published by At Sea, 28 August 1895 (1895)

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Item Description: At Sea, 28 August 1895, 1895. 3 pages. 8vo. To "Jack", promising to celebrate his birthday that evening, making "all the noise the captain will allow", describing him as a naturalist and explaining that the enclosed poem ('Invocation') is for those interested in the fauna of Australia, as he is, and therefore sending "privately & confidentially" a copy of his "great work" as it stands, mentioning that he has not yet worked in the moa, emu or dodo ("but I am after them"). 'COME, KANGAROO, THE GOOD & TRUE/FORESHORTENED AS TO LEGS/AND BODY TAPERED LIKE A CHURN': The poem was first published in The Mercury in Australia on 2 November 1895. Clemens himself printed it in Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World, 1897, and explained that an English naturalist [presumably the addressee 'Jack'] on board had told him much about the animals of Australia and their origins, particularly the platypus and kangaroo. The Mercury reported that at a lecture Clemens had stated: 'I have a poem. I have written a poem only once in 30 years. I have now written one of four stanzas.I always have an inspiration to write a poem -- once every 30 years.First I thought of Sydney Harbour.Then I thought of the fauna of Australia.I made a list of them and began.I can say now that the most difficult thing in the world to do is to write poetry when you don't know how.'. Bookseller Inventory # 60582

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The Works. The Definitive Edition.: CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.]

CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.] TWAIN, Mark.

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

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Item Description: New York: Gabriel Wells, 1922, 1922. 37 volumes, octavo. Bound in near-contemporary dark blue half morocco, blue cloth sides, titles to spines gilt with gilt raised bands and decorated compartments, gilt rules to boards, top edges gilt, pale blue endpapers. Spines faded to brown, tips a little worn. An excellent set. Frontispieces with captioned tissue guards. Signed limited edition, attractively bound. This is set number 325 out of 1024 copies, signed by Twain on the second blank; together with a statement that the leaves were signed by him in 1906 in anticipation of the present definitive edition, and further signed by Albert Bigelow Paine, the biographer noted for his work on Mark Twain. Bookseller Inventory # 99359

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Twain, Mark [Samuel

Twain, Mark [Samuel L. Clemens]

Published by The American Publishing Company, Hartford, Conn (1876)

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Item Description: The American Publishing Company, Hartford, Conn, 1876. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. First printing, with the half-title and the frontis illustration on separate leaves, printed on wove paper. Collates complete as per BAL 3369 with the triple fly-leaves on laid paper, front and back, and four pages of publisher's ads following the novel. Only 5,000 copies of this first printing were issued (compared to 30,000 for Huck Finn). A Very Good copy in the publisher's original blue cloth, stamped in black and gilt. Without any repairs to the cloth (which is uncommon). Rear inner hinge professionally repaired, otherwise untouched and in very good shape internally. Chips to the cloth at the spine ends, less than 1/4 of a inch at the top and 1/16 of an inch at the base, some fraying to the corners, otherwise a tidy copy. One of the classic American novels, Twain's bildungsroman follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer - and his friend Huck Finn -- in St. Petersburg, Missouri told with Twain's characteristic and unmatchable wit and humor. It would become his best-selling book and its sequel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," is arguably the greatest American novel of all time. "Mr. Samuel Clemens has taken the boy of the Southwest for the hero of his new book? and has presented him with a fidelity to circumstance which loses no charm by being realistic in the highest degree, and which gives incomparably the best picture of life in that region as yet known to fiction." (Contemporary Atlantic Monthly Review). Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1580

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Twain Mark

Published by New York Charles L. Webster 1885 (1885)

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Item Description: New York Charles L. Webster 1885, 1885. First edition. First Issue. With 174 black and white illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Large 8vo, original publisher's sheep binding with the red and black lettering labels on the spine. It is estimated that only 2500 copies were issued in this binding. 366 pp. A very pleasing and handsome copy. Light, expert and unobtrusive refurbishment to the joints. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND GREATEST BOOKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. A very handsome copy with the following earliest setting states as listed by BAL: "Him and another Man" is listed at page 88, BAL's first state; page 57, eleventh line from the bottom reads ".with the was.," BAL's first state; page 155 with final 5 "stamped in" by hand (see Underhill), and matching the original font in the setting of the page number (no priority, occurring randomly in all three states independent of other major signs of first printing sheets, but this setting seems to appear least often); the portrait frontispiece is in BAL's first state, "heliotype" imprint on the portrait frontispiece, title page with 1884 copyright on verso, p.9: the heading for Chapter 6 reads "Decided" (later corrected to "Decides"), p.143: "I" in "Col." (line 1) missing and "b" in "body" (line 7) broken, p. 161: signature mark "11" is missing, final leaf is a blank. Very rare with this many first issue points. The sheep bindings are generally in poor condition, but this copy is still quite nice. Along with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn is considered the stepping stone to modern American literature. And along with Tom Sawyer, for the first time, the hero of the novel was a boy. These books are landmarks and Hemingway often offered his opinion that the modern novel would have been impossible without them. With Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Melville’s Moby Dick, they provide us with a view of America transcending its past and beginning its future. Bookseller Inventory # 8529

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Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by Charles Webster, New York (1885)

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Item Description: Charles Webster, New York, 1885. First American Edition. Octavo. Frontispiece of Huckleberry Finn, portrait in first state, title page a cancel, 366pp., illustrated, final blank leaf, pg. 13 with "him and another" as listed as at p. 88, pg. 57 reads "with the was", final five in 155 is lower. A clean bright copy in original green pictorial gilt cloth, pale pink endpapers. Two small news clippings tipped in, one refers to the $200,000 sale of a signed copy of Twain's work, the other relates to his estate and his daughter, old bookseller's description mounted to upper front free endpaper, and laid in is a short typed description to the present volume by the firm Hamill and Barker of Chicago. Francis Hamill and Margery Barker were two very well known women booksellers of Chicago. They sold a rare copy of the 15th century Gutenberg Bible to the Lilly Library. They introduced Virginia Woolf to the Americans and over a thirteen year span, they also purchased manuscripts, twenty-five diaries and various letters belonging to Virginia Woolf. Francis Hamill was also the first woman president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. While the rear hinge is cracked, the book itself shows very minor wear to spine ends and corners without any restorations. [together with] The original green pictorial gilt cloth prospectus, with the copyright and title page dated 1885, blank order sheets at rear, morocco and calf binding samples at front. A near fine copy of this very uncommon prospectus showing only minor spots of rubbing to spine ends and corners. A superb set housed together within a custom leather backed clamshell. [BAL 3415]. Bookseller Inventory # 019707

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TWAIN, MARK. (CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.)

Published by Various places, mainly Iowa, 1850s-1880s (1850)

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Item Description: Various places, mainly Iowa, 1850s-1880s, 1850. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. TWAIN IN LOVE IN IOWA. This unique collection of photographs, books, letters, and other objects is from the Creel family, Samuel Clemens’s relations on his mother’s side. One highlight of the collection is the charming ambrotype portrait of young Ella Creel, one of Sam’s “favorite companions” and a “one-time sweetheart.” The photograph dates to the time of that youthful flirtation, when Ella was in her teens and Sam was about twenty. In 1854 Sam Clemens’s older brother Orion left Hannibal, Missouri and moved with his wife Mollie to her hometown, Keokuk, Iowa. They were accompanied by their widowed mother Jane, who had family in Iowa. Young Sam Clemens traveled east working as a printer and then came to Iowa. He worked on his brother’s newspaper in Keokuk in 1855-56 before becoming an apprentice riverboat pilot. Later Orion and his wife moved away, but by 1874 they had returned, and their mother Jane moved to Keokuk as well. As a result, Twain had early and enduring ties to the area and its people. He referred to his Iowa relatives in his correspondence, and he visited Keokuk on a number of occasions throughout his life. The collection, which includes a number of otherwise unknown objects, comprises: 1. Mary Eleanor “Ella” Creel (1841-1894). Photograph portrait as a teenage girl. Ambrotype. Ella Creel was the daughter of Mary Ann Patterson and Robert Paxton Creel and thus was a distant cousin of Sam Clemens on his mother’s side. In April 1859 Sam Clemens became a licensed riverboat pilot on the Mississippi between Keokuk, Iowa and New Orleans. He asked his mother and a friend to chaperone Ella Creel on a trip to New Orleans on a boat he piloted, proudly taking the three women on a tour of the city when they arrived. According to Twain’s biographer Albert Bigelow Paine, Ella was one of Sam’s “favorite companions” and a “one-time sweetheart.” 2. Mary Eleanor “Ella” Creel (1841-1894). Photograph portrait as an adult. Ambrotype. 3. Mollie Clemens. Photograph portrait. Cabinet card albumen print. Mollie was the wife of Sam’s brother Orion. 4. Charles Riffley. Photograph portrait. Cabinet card albumen print. Charles was the husband of Mollie Clemens’s sister. 5. Robert Paxton Creel (1815-1883). Photograph portrait. Albumen print (6 x 8 in.). Inscribed by Creel on verso “For David C. Walker from his Grand Pa.” Father of Sam Clemens’s sweetheart Ella, Robert P. Creel was cousin of Samuel Clemens’s mother Jane Lampton Clemens. Creel’s father John married Polly Casey, a sister of Margaret Casey, who married Benjamin Lampton and was mother of Jane Lampton (later Clemens), the author’s mother. Curiously, Robert Creel was succeeded in the Iowa state legislature in 1856 by a man named Tom Sawyer. It has been suggested that this is the source of the name of Twain’s character. 6. Margaret Creel Scott. Photograph portrait. Cabinet card albumen print. Margaret was Ella Creel’s sister. 7. Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad (1870). Signed by Ella Creel’s brother Joseph. 8. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poetical Works (1867). Signed by Ella Creel’s sister Abba. 9. Perrin, Fables (1839). Signed by Ella Creel’s sister Abba. 10. Pamela Moffett (Sam Clemens’s sister). Autograph letter signed to Jane Clemens (1877). In this chatty letter to their mother, Sam’s sister discusses family matters, refers to Orion and Mollie (with whom Jane was living in Keokuk), and gives reading recommendations for her brother “Sammy.” Pamela is said to have been the model for Tom’s cousin Mary in Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. 11. Jane Clemens (Samuel Clemens’s mother), signed napkin. Linen napkin or handkerchief with the ink signature of Jane Clemens. Jane was a major influence in Sam’s life, and she figures in several of his books, most notably as Tom Sawyer’s Aunt Polly. Provenance: a fine Clemens. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12592123255

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Twain, Mark

Published by Charles L. Webster and Company (1885)

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Item Description: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition. Publisher's original 1/2 leather, with marbled boards, page edges, pastedowns, and endpapers; one of just 500 copies printed (Raptis Rare Books, internet article, March 2014). //LAID in is a hand written response, declining an invitation, on a folded Quarry Farm labeled note, dated "Sept. 17/03", and SIGNED, "S. L. Clemens". (Quarry Farm was the home of Susan Langdon Crane, sister of Mark Twain's wife Olivia, and often the summer residence of the Twains. Mark Twain wrote, at least in part, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn while at Quarry Farm). The note sheet was created with a fold to yield 4 writing surfaces although this message is confined solely to the letterhead panel; The note was then manually folded, horizontally. It was written 5 weeks prior to the Twain family leaving for Italy and was penned during the last summer they spent together at Quarry Farm, as Olivia died in Italy the following June. //CONDITION OF THE NOTE: Very good-near fine, with a touch of toning, faint soiling, two miniscule specks on the letterhead panel, the faint horizontal crease, and light peeling on the rear panel where it had been affixed to some other surface. //CONDITION OF THE BOOK: The spine and corners have been professionally restored (corners still showing the bumped tips) and the marbled surfaces have some scratches and nicks. Interior condition problems: 1.) The pastedown/endpaper hinges have been reinforced, 2.) the front endpaper has a 1/8"x1/4" upper corner chip, 3.) there is scattered light foxing on the front and rear the preliminary pages, 4.) leaves 3-18 have areas of (food?) staining heaviest on page 17 with bleeding back to the copyright page and finally vanishing on page 36, 5.) the bottom corner of page 23-24 has a 1/2"x7/8" chip. 6.) the rest of the text has occasional soiling, some perimeter stains, a few tipped corners, one dog-eared page, and most pages have light perimeter toning. //ISSUE POINTS: The tissue guarded front plate is second state with no cloth visible under the bust. The title/copyright leaf is integral (lack of uniform opinion on this point), "Him and another man" is incorrectly listed at page 88 (instead of page 87 where it appears), page 57 has "with the was" on line 11 from the bottom, page 143 is missing the "l" in "Col." (which is part of the illustration at the top line of the text) and has the broken "b"in "body" on line 7, the final 5 of page 155 is lacking (again, lacks consensus), the illustration on page 283 is bound in with the noticeable curve on the fly of Silas Phelp's trousers and the final leaf is blank. //OVERALL: in spite of the aforementioned flaws, this is a very good and quite scarce 130 year old volume as several of these leather bound copies are in university and library collections, while others have surely been destroyed or lost, leaving precious few for private collections. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 16011801

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer: TWAIN, Mark

TWAIN, Mark

Published by New York Charles, Webster and Co. & The American Publishing Co. (1876)

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Item Description: New York Charles, Webster and Co. & The American Publishing Co., 1876. The Rare First American Edition, First issue of Tom Sawyer TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. First American edition, first printing. Octavo. [i-xi]xii-xiii[xiv-xv]xvi, [17]18-274[-276], [4]pp. ads. Illustrated. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in black and gilt. Original peach endpapers. Triple flyleaves. All edges gilt. Rear hinge strengthened, front hinge a bit cracked, repaired closed tear to p. 31, which touches 4 or 5 letters. It starts at the bottom of the page at an angle and goes up about 3 inches and then straight accross about 2 1/2 inches. Some soiling to front cover, spine and edges bumped. Overall, a very nice copy of a title rarely seen in the first issue. Along with: TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1890. Later printing. Octavo. Original blue cloth, lettered in black and gilt. Top and bottom of spine heavily bumped. A great reading copy to go with the first edition, first issue. Housed together in a blue cloth clamshell. HBS 67155. $17,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67155

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The Writings: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne [Mark Twain]

Published by Gabriel Wells, New York (1922)

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Item Description: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. Leather_bound. Book Condition: Fine. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1922. Leather_bound. Thirty-five volumes. Octavo. The Complete Writings of Samuel Langhorne Clemens [Mark Twain] . The Definitive Edition consists of one thousand twenty-four sets which this is number 829. The fly-leaf was signed by Mark Twain in 1906 in anticipation of the present Definitive Edition of his works, and signed to the fly-leaf page Albert Bigelow Paine who was author and biographer for Mark Twain, illustrated through-out with title tissue guard . Bound in three quarter green calf, cloth boards, spine floral gilt decorations in compartments between raised banding, second and fourth compartments red gilt title labels, top edge gilt, decorative endpapers. A handsome set in fine binding. Bookseller Inventory # 548

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Clemens, Samuel]. Twain, Mark

Published by New York: Charles Webster, 1885 (1885)

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Item Description: New York: Charles Webster, 1885, 1885. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY, of Twain's masterpiece; one of the cornerstones of American Literature. ALL THE ACCEPTED FIRST STATE POINTS for cloth copies. Frontispiece and 173 text illustrations by E. W. Kemble, photogravure plate of a portrait bust by Karl Gerhardt (first state). With the following state points: page 13 incorrectly lists "Him and another man" on p.88; p.57, 11th line from the bottom reads "with the was"; final "5" missing on p. 155; p.283 a cancel; frontispiece with cloth visible and Heliotype imprint; copyright page dated 1884. BAL 3415. NEW YORK: CHARLES WEBSTER, 1885. Octavo, original green cloth gilt; custom slipcase and chemise. Front hinge tender, a few small spots of wear to extremities. Gilt bright, cloth clean. An excellent copy. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11256667937

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Autograph Letter, signed ("SL Clemens"), to his: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne
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Item Description: Hartford, Ct, 1884. 26 lines, in pencil, on both sides of a single sheet. 1 vols. 22.5 x 14 cm. (9 x 5-1?2 in.). Clemens Promises Chatto 'Early Sheets' of Huck Finn. Important letter from Samuel Clemens to his British publisher Andrew Chatto at Chatto & Windus -two brief pages dense with early instructions regarding international aspects of the forthcoming publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Hartford Apl 1/84 Dear Mr. Chatto: Good - that settles Hughes! Now you can settle Tauchnitz - I enclose him. Chas L. Webster (my nephew by marriage and future publisher) will write to you about this time. I will send him your present letter so that he may take note of the early sheets suggestion. We can easily send the early sheets if we don't forget it, for we shall have this book in type & printed many months before we issue it. I shall secure Canadian copyright. Truly Yours, S.L. ClemensChatto had begun corresponding with Clemens in March 1884 concerning Huckleberry Finn, and matters concerning translation and foreign publication, with a request for early sheets. William L. Hughes, in Paris proposed to put out French translations of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, and Chatto had vouched for him. Twain also instructs Chatto to make arrangements with Tauchnitz, the famed Leipzig publisher of continental editions of English-language authors, for an authorized edition. The letter also introduces his nephew Charles L. Webster to Chatto. "Charley", as Clemens called him, undertook the logistical work connected with publication of Huck Finn. Chatto had requested early proof sheets so that he could begin typesetting, with the aim of publishing British editions simultaneously with the New York edition. "Charley" did not forget, and "advance sheets" were sent to Chatto by Webster on 19 September 1884. It was only in November, when the defaced plate was discovered, that the intended publication schedule came apart. The Chatto & Windus edition (London) and Dawson Brothers (Montreal) edition were published on 10 December as foreseen. Clemens was in Toronto on publication day to establish legal domicile for these editions and Webster applied for foreign copyright in the author's name. The Tauchnitz (Leipzig) edition was published in printed wrappers dated January 1885. Production issues connected with replacing the offending page resulted in publication of the Charles L. Webster (New York) edition being delayed until 18 February 1885. This is one of only two known letters from Clemens to Chatto discussing Huck Finn (a note dated 3 March 1884 informed Chatto that "I am keeping Huck Finn back till next fall"). Webster, as Clemens' publisher, handled subsequent correspondence (transcripts of several related letters accompany this letter). This letter serves to indicate that Clemens' intention, from the beginning, was for the British edition to be derived from the American printing of the book. Provenance: Paul Bonner (Sale in Feb, 15, 1934 lot 71); James S. Copley Library. Mark Twain Project ID UCCL 11941. For the publishing history, see Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2003), eds. Fischer, Salamo & Blair, p. 740; BAL 3414, 3415; Walter Blair, Mark Twain and Huck Finn (1960) Fine condition, in cloth folder 26 lines, in pencil, on both sides of a single sheet. 1 vols. 22.5 x 14 cm. (9 x 5-1?2 in.). Bookseller Inventory # 255954

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EMERSON, Ralph Waldo, James Russell Lowell, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Henry James, John Steinbeck, and Others

Published by Cummings and Hilliard; [et al.], Boston; New York (1940)

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Item Description: Cummings and Hilliard; [et al.], Boston; New York, 1940. Hardcover. Magazine. 238 bound volumes. Octavos. A near-complete run of the *North American Review*, America's most important literary journal of the 19th and early 20th Century. A consecutive run of volumes 10-248 dating from January 1820 through the final 1939-40 Winter issues, lacking only the first nine volumes, one quarterly issue from 1868 (October), and six monthly issues from 1894 (January-June). Most volumes are bound in full beige or blue cloth (13 are in half calf and marbled paper boards); volumes 174-248 have the original wrappers bound in.Founded in 1815, the *NAR* established itself as the most intellectual magazine in America. It quickly gained an international reputation and was a leading literary force in American letters throughout its 125-year history. Known for its long essay reviews of contemporary American and European literature, it also published scholarly articles on American society and current affairs, serving both as a platform for much of the most exciting social and literary commentary in the country, and as an arena for public debates on slavery and other controversial issues of the day.Most importantly, the magazine published contributions by some of America's best writers, ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Thomas Wolfe, and including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, John Russell Lowell, Mark Twain, Henry James, John Steinbeck, and others. Among the many complete works featured in this long run are Emerson's lectures on "Michael Angelo," "Milton," and five other essays and lectures; Washington Irving's "The Northmen"; and Longfellow's "Defense of Poetry." Walt Whitman contributed seven essays over a 10-year period, including: "The Poetry of the Future," "Old Poets," and "Have We a National Literature," and Mark Twain contributed five satires and essays, including: "In Defense of Harriet Shelley," "To the Person Sitting in Darkness," and "Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany."Also noteworthy is Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw's "Slavery and the Missouri Question" from 1820, and Lewis Cass's influential articles on American Indian Policy. Edgar Allan Poe's first published work, *Tamerlane, and Other Poems*, received its first national notice in the October 1827 number, Sidney Fisher published his influential review of *Uncle Tom's Cabin* in 1853, and Edward Hale published his famous early review of Whitman's *Leaves of Grass* in January 1856. During the Civil War Lowell became editor and published influential articles on Lincoln and Seward. After the war he contributed the many important lectures on literature that made him famous. Important works from the 20th Century include *The Ambassadors* by Henry James serialized in twelve monthly issues in 1903, "A Paper on Free Verse" by Robert Bridges from 1922, and five short stores by John Steinbeck, two of which: "The Red Pony" (a.k.a. "The Gift") and "The Great Mountains," were later published as the first two chapters of *The Red Pony*.An ex-library set with ink stamps or bookplates on most front pastedowns, a small embossed stamp or occasional ink stamp on most title pages, and an occasional ink number stamp on some bottom page margins. The 13 volumes in contemporary half calf are scuffed and worn, thus good only, about ten volumes have a few loose or detached leaves, and one short story by Thomas Hardy was neatly removed from the October 1903 issue, else overall a very good set. A scarce large assemblage of first appearances of major American literary works and articles. A list of notable selections is available. Bookseller Inventory # 379011

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by Webster (1885)

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Item Description: Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the important first issue points. The points present are: Heliotype Printing Co. imprint is present, the heading for chapeter 6, on p. 9 reads "decided(later this was corrected to "Decides"; on p. 13 "him and another man" reference is to p. 88 not 87; p. 57, 11 lines up, says ".with the was." not .with the saw.; P. 143 in line 7 down from the top part of b in "body" is missing; on p. 155 there is a font difference in the final 5 in 155. A beautiful copy that has minor wear to the edges and corners. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation and presentation. We buy Twain First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7002616569

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Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

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Item Description: Osgood, 1883. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a tipped in page. This First Printing book has all the First Issue points. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with some wear to the panels. The pages are clean with minor wear to the edges. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Mark Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7607127424

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Pudd'nhead Wilson: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by American Publishing Company (1894)

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Item Description: American Publishing Company, 1894. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a tipped in fly-leaf page. This First Printing book has all the First Issue points. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with some wear to the panels. The pages are clean with minor wear to the edges. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Mark Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7831564562

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A Tramp Abroad; illustrated by W. Fr.: CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.]
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Item Description: Hartford, Connecticut: American Publishing Company, 1880, 1880. Octavo. Original brown cloth, decorative gilt spine lettered in gilt, large gilt motif on front cover, housed in a red cloth chemise and red quarter morocco slip-case. A stunning copy. Portrait frontispiece, "Moses" plate, plates and numerous illustrations in the text. First edition, this copy with a leaf of the original manuscript pasted to the front pastedown, approximately 105 words. It is written in purple ink, has the addition of six words where parts of two lines were scored out by Clemens, and corrected page number. On the facing front free endpaper is a full-page autograph inscription by Merle Johnson in reference to the manuscript, and to the bibliography of the book, signed, in which he begins: "Opposite you see a page of the original Mss. of this book - I'm sure of that, but I've spent hours trying to locate the exact page." The exact page are pages 397-98. There are a number of variants within the first edition. This copy has the first state of the frontispiece, with the caption reading "Moses". The portrait frontispiece is Blanck's state "A", with underlying lines in the lapel at the left of the plate almost vertical, and engraver's imprint at lower left ("Johnson's preferred state"). It has the "spots" mentioned by Merle Johnson who says they developed during the printing of the original plate, which was later re-engraved. State "A" (no sequence established) of the sheets which bulk 1 3/8 inches. State "B" (no sequence established) of the binding stamping with border curved at inner edges. Blanck notes "that some copies have heavily blindstamped on the back cover, immediately below the publisher's device, a numeral: 0, 4, 7, 8, 88, have been observed", and this is one of them, stamped with the number "8". Blanck continues, saying "it is possible that each numeral identifies a specific agent (the book was sold by subscription) and was designed to permit detection of any agent who violated the publisher's rule which forbade the sale of copies to retail bookstores." BAL 3386; Johnson pp. 110-111. Bookseller Inventory # 99743

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