First Edition. With a frontispiece portrait of Twain from a 1906 photograph, two pages of manuscript facsimile from the original notebooks and a photograph of the notebook invented by Twain. Large tall 8vo, publisher’s original navy blue ribbed cloth lettered on the spine in gilt and with a gilt signature on the upper cover, in the scarce original blue paper printed dustjacket. xi, 413 pp. including index. An essentially mint copy of the book, unused and internally pristine, the cloth very near perfect, the scarce jacket with very minor wear and a few tiny chips along the top edge only. A BEAUTIFUL COPY OF TWAIN’S NOTEBOOK, published posthumously by Twain’s official biographer and literary executor. Paine had worked with him (and on his behalf after his death) on a number of projects and authored what is still considered by most to be the best biography of the American great. This title is published uniformly with Twain’s Autobiography and with the definitive biography of Twain written by Paine. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: MARK TWAIN’S NOTEBOOK Prepared for ...
Publisher: New York Harper and Brothers 1935
Book Description Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1935. First Edition. Large octavo (24.25cm.); original blue cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in gilt; xi,,413pp.; photographic frontispiece, two leaves of plates, including facsimiles. Spine a bit cocked and a shade faded, light edge wear; front hinge cracked at frontispiece, contemporary bookplate to front pastedown accomplished in manuscript. Still, Near Very Good. BAL 3556. Bookseller Inventory # 22947
Book Description 1935. First edition. 2 plates of relief halftone illustrations from photographs and 2 pp. facsimiles of Twain's notes. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1935. First edition. 9½" x 7"; xii, 413 pp. Selections from the "30 to 40" previously unpublished commonplace books in which Twain (1835-1910) recorded his observations and experiences over a 40 year period that extended up to the last few years before his death. These pocket-sized notebooks, manufactured according to a design patented by Twain, featured an "ear" at the top corner of each page which, when torn off, allowed the book to be easily opened to the next blank page. A novelist and short story writer who first met Twain at a club dinner in New York in 1901, Albert Bigelow Paine (1861-1937) became Twain's biographer and moved in to the Clemens home in 1906. Following Twain's death in 1910, Paine was named his literary executor, and had complete control over Twain's unpublished writings. Dark blue cloth binding, with gilt decorations. Jacket a bit edgeworn, with a half-inch chip to the top of the rear panel, and some mild foxing, principally to the spine; otherwise an especially crisp, very good copy. Blanck, J.: Bibliography of American Literature, #3556; McBride, W.: Mark Twain: A Bibliography of the Collections of the Mark Twain Memorial and the Stowe-Day Foundation, p.276. Bookseller Inventory # 58044