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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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Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County: TWAIN, Mark; Clemens,

TWAIN, Mark; Clemens, Samuel L.

Published by New York: C.H. Webb, Publisher, 1867 (1867)

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Item Description: New York: C.H. Webb, Publisher, 1867, 1867. An Exceptional Copy TWAIN, Mark. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches. By Mark Twain [pseud.]. Edited by John Paul [pseud. of Charles Henry Webb]. New York: C. H. Webb, Publisher, 1867. First edition of author's first published book, first issue (single ad leaf on cream-yellow paper inserted before title; Folio 21, "1" in "21" unbroken; p. 66, last line, "e" in "life"; p. 198, "i" in "this" unbroken). Twelvemo (6 11/16 x 4 7/16 inches; 170 x 113 mm.). [1, blank] [1, publisher's ad] 198, [2, blank] pp. Original brown gilt-lettered, 'diamond bead' cloth. Upper cover with gilt-stamped jumping frog in vertical position in center, lower cover with blind-stamped jumping frog in the same position, beveled edges, brown coated end-papers. Early ink name on top blank margin of title-page. Minimal rubbing to spine tips and lower corners, otherwise near fine. One of the best, untouched copies that we have ever seen. Housed in a custom made, fleece-lined, full dark green morocco clamshell case with the cover designs repeated. "This [the frog] is usually placed at the lower left corner in a diagonal position with the head pointing to the upper right corner. In some copies the frog is stamped in the center of the cover in a vertical position with the head pointing up." (BAL, 3310). Although no priority is given the frog in the center of the upper cover is far rarer than the usual left-hand corner stamping.Mark Twain, with his account of the jumping frog, produced the most famous tale in California, if not Western, history. This little gem of humor that introduced the famed author's first book gave him international prominence. As his publisher, Charles Henry Webb, noted, "By his story of the Frog, he scaled the heights of popularity at a single jump." Twain's compilation of tales, along with those of Bret Harte, continues to romanticize and popularize the Gold Rush. The story of the lead-loaded frog (named Daniel Webster) made Angels Camp one of the best-known tourist attractions in the gold country. Twain first learned of the story of the jumping frog when he prospected in the vicinity of Jackass Hill in Tuolumne County. On a rainy January day in 1865 Twain and a friend, James Gillis, went into the bar at the Angels Camp Hotel in nearby Calaveras County and heard a gentlemen by the name of Ben Coon tell the amusing story of the trained frog. He repeated the story to Artemus Ward, who in turn encouraged him to write it up and send it to Ward's publisher, Carleton, in New York. Carleton was not impressed and sent the story on to Henry Clapp who published it in the final issue (November 18, 1865) of the Saturday Press of New York with the title of "Jim and His Jumping Frog." The tale's popularity spread across America and Europe. When it reached San Francisco, the story was reprinted in the Californian, a weekly periodical published by Charles Webb. The Californian featured one major change, a new title: "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Encouraged by the huge response, Webb urged his author to publish a book of his Western yarns. The book, packed with twenty-seven short stories, appeared in May 1867, bound in cloth with a beautiful gold-stamped frog emblazoned on the front cover. Webb himself provided the foreword, writing under the name of John Paul, and the American News Company served as the distribution agent. It sold for $1.25 a copy. Printed with stereotype plates, slightly different issues bound in various colors of cloth were produced, and in September 1867, George Routledge & Sons of London published a wrapper-bound edition embellished with a spectacular frog. Although no priority has been established in regards to the placement of the frog on the covers, it is considerably rarer to find it in this vertical position. Oscar Lewis traced the history of this famous tale in The Origin of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." According to Lewis's scholarly investigation, a versi. Bookseller Inventory # 03950

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TWAIN Mark

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Item Description: 1899. "TWAIN, Mark. The Writings of Mark Twain. Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899-1907. Twenty-five volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter blue morocco gilt, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $39,000.Edition de Luxe, number 542 of 1000 copies. This set with manuscript pages of The Gilded Age, one each by Twain and by collaborator Charles Dudley Warner, tipped in to Volume X. This set also with a tipped-in double signature on the limitation leaf, "S.L. Clemens (Mark Twain)," and an autograph letter tipped to the blank opposite the limitation page, from Twain to his publisher, "Feb. 16. Friend Bliss: Please mail or send in your own way, a cloth copy of Innocents Abroad to Sidney Moffett, New Market, Shenendoah Co, Va, & charge to my Act. Yours, Mark." On the reverse is written in a different hand: "Mark Twain Feb. 16, ’75." Very handsomely bound.Leaves of the Gilded Age manuscripts of Twain and Warner were sometimes bound into sets of the Edition de Luxe, and especially the 512 sets called the "Autograph Edition." Twain's manuscript leaf, from only six pages into the work (appearing on p. 18 here) begins, " for a coonskin & a cake of beeswax to an old dame in linsey-woolsey, put his letter away, & went into the kitchen. His wife was there, constructing some dried apple pies; a slovenly urchin of ten was dreaming over a rude weather-vane of his own contriving " "Friend Bliss" mentioned in the autograph letter is Elisha Bliss (1822-80), manager of the American Publishing Company which published the first five Twain titles between 1869 and 1880. Bliss marketed authors through subscription sales, a technique that fulfilled his goal of making Twain "the people's author" (Kaplan, 61). "His decision to chance a work of humor with his company was a bold one, but his instinct that Mark Twain had a ready-made audience proved accurate and enormously profitable . Bliss can claim the credit for recognizing Mark Twain's proper audience, placing his literature in the hands of that audience, and educating his apprentice author in the mechanics of subscription publication. His influence lurks behind the humorist's self-definition of his role as the 'People's Author' and the spokesman for the 'mighty mass of the uncultivated " (Wilson, 90-91). At the end of the 19th-century subscription sales began to lose ground to urban bookstores. Frank Bliss, Elisha's heir, shed subscription booklists and began issuing expensive deluxe editions, none more important than this one. "As if to mark the close of a literary era," Frank supervised the production of this limited edition set and, according to Twain, "appeared to be having an easy time selling it, President McKinley and other big guns have subscribed" (Kaplan, 355). This superb set contains all of Twain's work, including novels, essays and sketches. Each volume with a tissue-guarded frontispiece and a vignette title page. With over 100 tissue-guarded plates, including etchings by W. H. W. Bicknell and photogravures from photographs and from drawings by Peter Newell, E. W. Kemble, B. West Clinedinst, Dan Beard, W. T. Smedley, F. M. Senior, F. T. Merrill, F. Luis Mora, E. H. Garrett, J. G. Brown, F. V. DuMond, and others. These plates were used for the first time in this set and again in various later editions issued by the American Publishing Company (see BAL 3456). Laid in to the first volume is a typed letter, dated in 1940, to a Mrs. Daniel Jenks from a Walter Norman of Pittsfield, MA. Norman apparently worked with his father at the L. L. Brown Paper Company, a company apparently producing paper for the American Publishing Company. He makes reference in the letter to the paper used in the first 1000 copies of this set, deckle-edged paper with a "Mark Twain" watermark. Two volumes with expert repairs to headcaps. An extraordinary set with autograph material in fine condition.". Bookseller Inventory # 106133

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Item Description: 1899. "TWAIN, Mark. The Writings of Mark Twain. Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899-1907. Twenty-five volumes. Octavo, contemporary full brown morocco gilt, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated boards, red morocco gilt doublures, watered silk endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and partly unopened. $39,000.Autograph edition, number 152 of 512 copies. This set with a manuscript page from The Gilded Age in Twain's hand tipped in to Volume X, a double signature on the limitation leaf, "S.L. Clemens (Mark Twain)," and an autograph letter tipped to the blank opposite the limitation page, declining to invest in a company because of his efforts ghostwriting President Grant's memoirs.Leaves of the Gilded Age manuscripts of Twain and Warner were sometimes bound into sets of the Edition de Luxe, and especially the 512 sets called the "Autograph Edition." Twain's manuscript leaf, from pages 40-41 of the second volume of The Gilded Age, reads: " and likely to be vastly more so in a little while. Consequently, she was much courted and as much envied. Her wealth attracted many suitors. From the noble order of the Parvenus and a few from each of the other orders. These Perhaps they came to worship her. Some of the ablest men of the time succumbed to her fascinations. She frowned upon no lover when he made his first advances; but by and by On the contrary she led him and by every means in her power with when was hopelessly enthralled, he learned from her own lips that she had formed" [a resolution never to marry]. The autograph letter, dated "Elmira, July 28," reads: "My Dear G—. Mr. Scandlin evidently has a good business, but you are aware that with so enormous an enterprise as General Grant's book on my hands I am not in a shape to go hunting up investments. I don't know where you are, but I'll send this to Mt. Vernon. Truly Yours, S.L. Clemens." Twain was working on ghostwriting Grant's memoirs in 1885, the same year that Huckleberry Finn was first published in America.This superb set contains all of Twain's work, including novels, essays and sketches. Each volume with a tissue-guarded frontispiece and a vignette title page. With over 100 tissue-guarded plates, including etchings by W. H. W. Bicknell and photogravures from photographs and from drawings by Peter Newell, E. W. Kemble, B. West Clinedinst, Dan Beard, W. T. Smedley, F. M. Senior, F. T. Merrill, F. Luis Mora, E. H. Garrett, J. G. Brown, F. V. DuMond, and others. These plates were used for the first time in this set and again in various later editions issued by the American Publishing Company (see BAL 3456). Fine condition. A beautiful set.". Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 106410

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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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Writings [Memorial Edition]: TWAIN, Mark

TWAIN, Mark

Published by New York Harper & Brothers (1929)

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Item Description: New York Harper & Brothers, 1929. One of Ninety Sets, with an Excellent Autograph Letter Signed by Twain and a Manuscript Leaf by Him TWAIN, Mark. The Writings. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1929. Memorial Edition, one of 90 numbered copies (this copy being number 55). Thirty-seven octavo volumes. Title-pages in blue and black. With inserted portrait frontispieces. Publisher's three quarter brown morocco over polished brown cloth boards. Spines decoratively stamped in gilt, tooled in compartments with two raised bands, top edges gilt, others uncut. The first twelve volumes are a slightly lighter color than the rest. A magnificent set of this fine and rare edition of Twain, complete with the Biography (volumes 30-33) and Letters (volumes 34 & 35) edited by Paine, and the Autobiography (volumes 36 & 37). With a letter and manuscript page tipped-in volume I. [With:] TWAIN, Mark (1835-1910). Autograph Letter Signed "S.L. Clemens" and initialed "SLC." Kaltenleutgeben: July 26, [18]98 (Twain and his family had a villa in this Austrian town in 1898). Written in black ink. Two twelvemo pages on one octavo leaf, second half of leaf with paper repairs (not interfering with text), usual fold lines, red ink marking on first page, not interfering with text. "Dear CA[?]W: Please send me [crossed-out word] your new Stevenson book, for Mrs. Clemens - cheap edition. I mean the book about - about- I think it’s poetry. ("Black & White?") And I’d like to have the cheap edition of "Spiritual Tales" (is that it?)[superscript: "Except vol. 1 - I have that] by Mrs. or Miss Macleod. [superscript: "Edinburgh"] They are located in the isle of Iona, I think. Sincerely Yours S.L. Clemens [flourish] OVER Why don’t you have Bliss [five words crossed out] send you some Ameri-can copies of my last book? Wouldn’t the illustrations sell there? Or would the title [crossed-out word] interfere awkwardly? SLC" [With:] TWAIN, Mark. One page manuscript [N.p., n.d., ca. 1880]. One octavo leaf, verso only, entitled "Readings." Written in blue ink. Seventeen lines of short titles for stories or sketches to be read at one of Twain’s public readings. Fine. HBS 67709. $37,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67709

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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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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 20th 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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Clemens, Samuel L. (Mark Twain)

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1929)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1929. The Memorial Edition, one of 90 copies bound with an original Mark Twain manuscript page. Octavo, 37 volumes, bound in half morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, plates. The lightest minor shelf wear to some extremities and along very bottom edges of a few volumes. The leaf paged "43" includes notes regarding a "whisky conspiracy" against soldiers' health and morals, among other ink jottings. "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). "High and fine literature is wine," Twain once wrote, "and mine is only water; but everybody likes water." This beautiful edition of Twain's complete novels, essays and sketches attests to the enduring popularity and power of his works--many of which, despite their author's protestation to the contrary, have come to be regarded as among the finest vintage American literature offers. Among other classics, the set includes A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Bookseller Inventory # 5103

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THE WRITINGS OF MARK TWAIN AUTOGRAPH EDITION.: Clemens, Samuel L.]:

Clemens, Samuel L.]: " Twain, Mark":

Published by Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899 through 1907. (1907)

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Item Description: Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899 through 1907., 1907. Twenty-five volumes. Octavo. Publisher's three quarter olive brown morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, lettered in gilt, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Portraits and plates. A number of the spines are characteristically sun-faded to lighter brown, occasional rubbing to raised bands and toes of a few spines, but a very good or better set, with none of the deterioration to the joints so common to this binding. The esteemed "Autograph Edition," limited to 512 numbered sets, signed by Clemens in the first volume: "S.L. Clemens / (Mark Twain)." Eighteen of the plates are signed by their respective artist, including Peter Newell, A.B. Frost, Charles N. Flagg, E.W. Kemble, Karl Gerhardt, Dan Beard, et al. Charles Dudley Warner signed the limitation page to volume 10 (THE GILDED AGE), and Brander Matthews signed at the end of his critical essay in volume one, as usual. This edition was published as a subscription set in a hierarchy of bindings, and sets were occasionally customized for the purchaser by the inclusion of related manuscript leaves, letters and other inserts. Such is the case with this set, and it is accompanied by a two page a.l.s. from Walter Bliss, 23 December 1905, to the original owner, detailing the arrangements made for Christmas Day delivery, and pointing out the location of the extra material (volumes I, V, VI, IX and X), and mentioning some extra loose plates, which are no longer present. In volume one are inserted a) a one page a.l.s. from Clemens, Riverdale on Hudson, 5 March 1902, to "Dear Bliss," written prior to departure for travels and trying to settle some publishing matters pertaining to a deal with Colliers and cancellation of another option, signed "S.L. Clemens," ca. fifty words; and b) a leaf from the autograph manuscript of THE GILDED AGE, in Clemens' hand, numbered '22' at the top margin, and beginning ".here, on the railroad & the steamboat, & say 'this' one little spot shall not be touched - this hovel shall be sacred .," ca. 125 words. Volume V contains an extra limitation leaf from the "Author's Signed Edition" of FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR, unnumbered, but signed both as Twain and as Clemens. Volume VI includes the facsimile printing of the letter by Clemens commenting on the frontis photogravure (the image of Clemens transposed into a horse and steer drawn cart) for that special edition. Volume XI includes a) another leaf from the manuscript of THE GILDED AGE in Clemens's hand, with corrections and revisions, ca 125 words, numbered '60' in the top margin, and beginning: "'But how should I know whether they were boys or girls?'," and b) a leaf from the manuscript in Warner's hand, numbered '820' in the upper margin, beginning: "'Daft is a little strong ., " ca 150 words. Volume XI contains a third leaf in Clemens's hand from the manuscript of THE GILDED AGE, numbered '421' then altered to '1000' in the upper margin, heavily revised, with significant deletions and insertions, ca. 150 words. While sets with a single Clemens leaf (often coupled with a Warner leaf) from the manuscript of THE GILDED AGE are not uncommon, sets with multiple Clemens leaves are uncommon, and those with multiple leaves plus a letter are even more exceptional. Three of the late volumes coincided with the publication of their respective public trade editions. BAL 3456. Bookseller Inventory # WRCLIT 61614

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

CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.] TWAIN, Mark.

Published by Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876 (1876)

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Item Description: Hartford: 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, buff endpapers. A little expert restoration to spine ends, only very mild rubbing, spine a bit dulled, front board gilt bright, internally clean with just a little foxing. An excellent copy in bright cloth. Wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous wood-engraved text illustrations by True Williams and others. Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the universally recognized masterpieces of American literature, Twain's irrepressible and unforgettable "true boy's book". The first novel Mark Twain wrote without a co-author, Tom Sawyer is also his most clearly "autobiographical Enlivened by extraordinary and melodramatic events, it is otherwise a realistic depiction of the experiences, people and places that Mark Twain knew as a child" (Rasmussen, 459). Originally published in England (without illustrations), Tom Sawyer arrived at a momentous point in American history: Custer had recently lost the battle at Little Big Horn and America was celebrating its centennial. "Publication of Tom Sawyer was little noticed The book has, however, proved to be one of the most durable works in American literature. By the time of Twain's death, it was his top-selling book. It has been in print continuously since 1876, and has outsold all other Mark Twain works" (Rasmussen, 459). "This was a true boy's book, and surviving copies are proof of how rough little boys can be on books" (MacDonnell, 40). First printing, first state (with "THE" on half title in 10-point rather than 14-point type), peach endpapers, printed on wove paper, preliminary matter paginated [I]-XVI and front and rear triple flyleaves of laid paper. BAL 3369. Johnson, 27-30. MacDonnell, 39-40. MacBride, 40. Bookseller Inventory # 98665

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The Writings.: CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.]

CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.] TWAIN, Mark.

Published by Hartford, Conn., American Publishing Company, 1901-07 (1901)

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Item Description: Hartford, Conn., American Publishing Company, 1901-07, 1901. 25 volumes, octavo (204 x 137 mm). Finely bound in contemporary dark blue crushed morocco, titles and elaborate decoration to spines gilt separated by raised bands, multiple gilt fillets to boards with corner-pieces, dark blue and red morocco doblures with multiple gilt fillets and corner-pieces, red moire silk endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Ex-libris bookplate to top of front blanks with offsetting, a fine set. Eleven volumes with hand-coloured frontispieces and 84 further full-page monochrome illustrations with captioned tissues printed in red. The Riverdale edition, limited to 625 numbered copiesr of which this is number 333. Originally it was published in 22 volumes, volume 23 was added in 1903 and volumes 24 and 25 were added by Harper and Brothers in 1906 and 1907. A particularly lavish set. Bookseller Inventory # 117778

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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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The Writings of Mark Twain, Autograph Edition: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. [Langhorne] Clemens)

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Item Description: The American Publishing Company, Hartford, Conn. Full Leather. Book Condition: Very Good+ - Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition, Thus. Complete in 25 volumes. Published from 1899 to 1907, with all but the last five volumes in the first year. Volumes XXIV and XXV were actually published by Harper, though maintaining The American Publishing Company imprint. Limited edition of 512 copies, with 500 being numbered, and 12 lettered copies reserved for the author. This set is letter "B." Volume I is signed "S. L. Clemens / (Mark Twain)," and is also signed at the end of the introductory critical essay by writer Brander Matthews. A Short manuscript letter signed is laid in on Hotel Earlington letterhead addressed to "Bliss" and assumed to be Frank Bliss of The American Publishing Company and the driving force behind the production of this first "Writings." In the letter, Clemens discusses his desire to "present a nice set to Mrs. Clemens brother, Gen. Langhorne." Volume III (A Tramp Abroad, Pt. I), includes an original manuscript leaf in the hand of Clemens and with some corrections, from this title. Volume X (The Gilded Age, Pt. I) is signed in pencil by co-author Chas. [Charles] Dudley Warner, on the limitation page, and includes three original manuscript leaves laid in; two in the hands of Clemens, and one in the hand of Warner. Signed by at least 17 illustrators, including Peter Newell; T. de Thulstrup; Frederick Dielman; E. West Clinedinst; E. H. Garrett; J. G. Brown; Karl Gerhardt; Charles Noel Flagg; E. W. Kemble; F. M. Senior; Frank T. Merrill; Dan Beard; Frank V. DuMond; F. D. Opper; J. Allen St. John; C. D. Weldon; and F. Luis Mora. Original deep burgundy Moroccan leather covers with the first 21 bound and tagged by Haddon & Co. Binders. Although XXII and XXIII are perfectly matched, they do not show the Haddon tag. Volumes XXIV and XXV, are near perfectly matched, though the texture of the leather is slightly pebbled. Raised spine bands divide spines into six compartments. Gilt ruled decoration and lettering, with more elaborate ruling outlining the inside edges of the covers. Top edges are gilded, and others remain un-cut. Most of contents remain un-opened, and that which has been, was done very skillfully. Marbled end leaves. Set title page emblem in each volume designed by Tiffany and Company, and engraved by W. H. W. Bicknel. Lacking plate that is called for adjacent to page 242, "The King," in Volume XVI (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court), though there is no appearance that this was ever bound in. All other plates are collated and present. This set has been expertly and beautifully restored by Jack Papuchyan of Papuchyan Bindery (H & H Book Services) in Glendale, CA. Volumes I, II, IV, VIII, XI, and XIII have been rebacked, though retain original covers. There is a very slight granular effect to these spine covers. Scattered scuffs, rubs, and other light damage to covers have been repaired. All covers are completely original. All volumes are tight, and save for a couple of very light smudges on the front free end leaf of Volume I, the contents remain in Fine condition. Although the numbered sets are seen occasionally on the market, as of May, 2017, there are no lettered editions available, nor are any lettered editions seen in auction records reviewed for the past 100 years. Bookseller Inventory # 034915

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain, Mark [Clemens,

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

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Item Description: Webster, 1885. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. The very rare first edition in publisher's sheepskin, with the first issue point of the original censored drawing with the unaltered fly. Signed and dated by the author on a laid-in small card. Very good condition, front cover partially detached from spine. Previous owner's inscription on 2nd front free end paper. Housed in a handsome quarter-leather custom-make collector's clamshell case. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 108077

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Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

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Item Description: American Publishing Company, Hartford, 1876. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Issue printed on wove paper with the half title page printed on a separate leaf that is blank on the verso. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's blue cloth with light wear to the boards. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely UNRESTORED copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1478839829945

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TWAIN, Mark (pseud Samuel L. Clemens)

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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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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. One of the: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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

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Item Description: Charles L. Webster, New York, 1885. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First American Edition. Publisher's original green cloth, stamped in gilt and black, with the following early issue points: a. Page 9, "Huck Decided." b. Page 13 "Him and another man" listed as p. 88. c. Page 57 "with the was." d. Page 143 "l" in Col. missing and "b" in body broken. e. Page 155, final 5 is in a different font. f. Page 283 is tipped-in. g. Title page is tipped-in, and copyrighted in 1884. h. Frontis is tipped-in, cloth not visible. SIR HUGH WALPOLE'S COPY, with his inscription stating that this is one of his top five favorite books and that he purchased it from the legendary Los Angeles bookman, Jake Zeitlin, on September 4, 1934. THE SECOND EARLIEST KNOWN, OF DATED PRE-PUBLICATION COPIES (1884) the 1884 gift inscription is to S. W. Field, one of the founders of Santa Cruz, California and it was he who was appointed the first police chief in 1867. The early issue points above and this 1884 gift inscription, show that this copy is a pre-publication copy and second earliest known of the first American copies issued; the earliest is the Charles L. Webster copy, which is dated November 26, 1884 and sold at Christie's in 2004 fro $265,000; tied for second place is Livy Twain's copy, also dated Christmas 1884, and sold at Sotheby's in 1991 for $99,000. Moreover, it is one of the very few association copies of Huck Finn we have seen, given it's connection to Sir Hugh Walpole and to the legendary bookseller, Jake Zeitlin. The New York Herald of 29 November, 1884, quotes Charles Webster as saying, "But 250 copies left the office [for California] ." The present copy is, doubtless, one of those copies. It is important to note that the next earliest dated copies share virtually the same issue points as our copy: (a). The Smillie copy of Huck Finn is dated Feb. 19, 1885. The Smillie copy is like our copy in every point, except the frontis cloth is visible. But the frontis was an added item, tipped into the book and therefore cannot be a guide to priority (Clarke). The Smillie copy is example #13 in the McBride bibliography. (b). The Drapkin copy of Huck Finn is dated Feb. 23, 1885. It is like our copy in every point, except the frontis cloth is visible; again, this point is not a guide to priority. Also page 155 lacks the final 5, whereas our copy has the final 5 in a larger font. But, according to Underhill, he had acquired a copy on April 30, 1931, which had the final 5 "stamped in" by hand, and which matched the original font. Underhill concluded that would leave only two states of p. 155 as it was published: with the final 5 of the wrong font, or with the final 5 absent. So, let us conclude that our copy of Huckleberry Finn is, in significant points, like the earliest dated copies, and that our copy, dated Christmas [December] 1884, is one of the very few early, dated copies. NOTE: In mid-December, 1884, Estes & Lauriat announced that Huckleberry Finn was ready and for sale by them at a reduced price. Twain filed a law suit and settled months later (30,000 copies were already bound in December, 1884). A fresh, bright copy, with occasional light foxing to preliminaries and front inner hinge with a minor repair. Housed in a custom pictorial green clamshell box, with the front panel design, similar to that on the book. BAL 3415. McBride, p. 92-123. Bookseller Inventory # 08232

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Mark Twain's Copy. The Ancient Regime; Source: Twain, Mark [Taine,

Twain, Mark [Taine, Hippolyte]

Published by Henry Holt and Co, New York (1876)

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Item Description: Henry Holt and Co, New York, 1876. Hard Cover. First American Edition. Mark Twain's copy of Taine's book, signed by him and with his annotations on the last page of text, stating that he had read it twice: "Finished Jan. 29th" and beneath that note, "Finished Sept. 10th." Twain scholar Sherwood Cummings wrote of this book, "[Twain] not only referred to it during the next decade in his notebooks and correspondence, but borrowed liberally from it for material and incidents in both The Prince and the Pauper and A Connecticutt Yankee." Moreover, Twain scholar Stephen Railton (Professor at the University of VA) writes in his endnotes to "A Connecticutt Yankee in King Arthur's Court" [NY, Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005] (Endnote 13): "As Hank implies here and more explicitly on page 256, 'le droit du seigneur' (the privilege of the lord) was to have sex with an untitled woman on her wedding night before her husband. The list of aristocratic abuses here is derived from material Twain originally found in Hippolyte Adolphe Taine's 'The Ancient Regime' .which was also a source for several other passages in the novel." Signed "Samuel L. Clemens / Hartford 1876" on front end paper, and with Twain's estate bookplate on front pastedown, signed by his executor, Albert Bigelow Paine. Please call for complete description of incidents and material in this book, which appear in Twain's novels. Light dampstain to the final few leaves; wear at spine ends, inner hinges stressed. A very good copy. [together with:] Reference copies of The Prince and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee, with pages bookmarked at passages sourced in "The Ancient Regime.". Bookseller Inventory # 6515

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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. 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. One of 1024 sets with the first volume of each bearing the original autograph signature of Mark Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine. Bookseller Inventory # 243802

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by London: Chatto and Windus (1876)

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Item Description: London: Chatto and Windus, 1876. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Octavo. Original red cloth with border and cover design blocked in black and lettering in gilt, cream coated endpapers. Housed in a blue quarter morocco solander box. The true 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 honor grander than any he ever received in America. BAL 3367. Bookseller Inventory # 108082

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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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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The: TWAIN, Mark; (CLEMENS,

TWAIN, Mark; (CLEMENS, Samuel L.)

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

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Item Description: Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, 1876, 1876. First American Edition, First PrintingTWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, 1876.First American edition, first printing, with the following points: printed on wove paper and half-title and frontispiece printed on separate leaves (with verso of half-title and recto of frontispiece blank) and all six fly-leaves on laid paper.Square octavo (8 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches; 213 x 166 mm.). [6, blank], xvi, [17]-274, [1], [1, blank], [4, publisher's advertisements ("Revised December 1st, 1876.")], [6, blank] pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous wood-engraved text illustrations by True Williams and others. Pages, 215/6, 243/4 & 245/6 with tiny pieces (1/4 x 1/8 inch max) torn away from upper corner. Some expert and very small repairs to inner hinges, some light stains to rear endpapers just affecting last two blank fly-leaves. Some light occasional marginal soiling, but still an excellent copy.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 center. Original peach endpapers. Head and tail of spine and corners expertly and almost invisibly strengthened, small abrasion with loss of cloth (1/8 inch square) on rear cover, gilt on spine a little dull. Neat early ink presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, dated Dec 25th/76. Even with the aforementioned issues this is still an exceptional copy of the very rare first issue of this classic tale. Housed in a quarter black morocco clamshell case."Turning away from the adult corruption and humbuggery which he had satirized in The Gilded Age, Mark Twain refreshed his spirit in this semi-autobiographical story of boyhood. The irresponsibility, the love of odd adventure, and the sense of natural justice as opposed to the village code, which characterize the heroes of this book and its sequel Huckleberry Finn, presented a sharp contrast to the Sunday School or rags-to-riches literature which was then the common fare doled out to children. For once, the natural rights of the small boy were set forth by a great writer who remembered his own childhood, when he had indeed inveigled some boys into whitewashing a fence for him, given pain-killer to his cat, teased his brother unmercifully, and continually sharpened his wits in devising ways of escaping punishment. These books 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, 100 American)."The book was published during December 1876 although application for copyright had been made as early as July 21, 1875; copies were not received for entry at the Library of Congress until January 2, 1877. The [first] English edition [published by Chatto & Windus, London] was published on June 9, 1876, about six months before the American edition was put on sale" (Peter Parley to Penrod).BAL 3369. Grolier, 100 American, 79. Johnson, Twain, pp. 27-30. Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 43-44. Bookseller Inventory # 03955

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The Writings of Mark Twain.: TWAIN,Mark

TWAIN,Mark

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Item Description: New York: Gabriel Wells, Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. In 37 Vols. 1922-1923. (Vols.36-37 were published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, 1924). Definitive Edition. This definitive edition consists of 1024 sets, the first volume of each bearing the original autograph signature of Mark Twain. This copy no.381. At flyleaf: ". signed by Mark Twain in 1906 in anticipation of the present definitive edition of his works." with the signature by Albert Bigelow Paine and the next tipped-in plate is signed by "SL. Clemens / Mark Twain. Vols.1-29 are Mark Twain's works, vols.30-33: Mark Twain: a biography by Albert Bigelow Paine, vols.34-35: Mark Twain's letters, arranged with comment by Paine, vols.36-37: Mark Twain's autobiography with an introduction by Paine. Uniformly bound in 3/4 red morocco and pink cloth, gilt title to spine, t.e.g. With a b/w frontis.and b/w plates (except for vols.36-37) to each vol. Ex-libris.(Melville Harris) to front flyleaf of each vol. Boards and spine sl.darkened and sl.rubbed at edges and corners. Edges sl.foxing. Vol.2: Lower margin of half title page sl.torn. Vol.3: Fore edge of p.77 sl.torn. Vol.4: Joint of front e.p.somewhat damaged. Vol.9: A line scarred to upper side of spine. Vol.13: Front e.p.sl.stained. Vol.19: Frontis.was bound with the right and left sides reversed. Vol.21: A corner of front board somewhat stained. Vol.25: Spine title misspelled as "Vol. XXIV."Vol.27: Margin of p.121 partly missing. Vol.30: Margin of p.379 torn and repaired. An Attractive set. 22.8x15.5cm. (contens as follows: Vols.1-2. The innocents abroad, or, The new pilgrim's progress; Vols.3-4. Roughing it; Vols.5-6. The gilded age / by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner; Vol.7. Sketches new and old; Vol. 8. The adventures of Tom Sawyer; Vols.9-10. A tramp abroad; Vol. 11. The prince and the pauper; Vol.12. Life on the Mississippi; Vol.13. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Vol.14. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court; Vol.15. The American claimant, and other stories and sketches; Vol.16. Pudd'head Wilson and those extraordinary twins; Vols.17-18. Personal recollections of Joan of Arc by the Sieur Louis de Conte [her page and secretary]. Freely Translated Out of the Ancient French Into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France by Jean Fran?ois Alden; Vol.19. Tom Sawyer abroad, Tom Sawyer, detective, and other stories, etc., etc.; Vols.20-21. Following the equator; Vol.22. Literary essays; Vol.23. The man that corrupted Hadleyburg, and other essays and stories; Vol.24. The $30,000 bequest, and other stories; Vol.25. Christian Science with Notes Containing Corrections to Date; Vol.26. What is man? and other essays, with an appreciation by Brander Matthews, with an introduction by Albert Bigelow Paine; Vol.27. The mysterious stranger, and other stories; Vol.28. Mark Twain's speeches, with an introduction by Albert Bigelow Paine; Vol.29. Europe and elsewhere; Vols.30-33. Mark Twain: a biography. The Personal and Literary Life of Samul Langhorne Clemens. By Albert Bigelow Paine; Vols.34-35. Mark Twain's letters, arranged with comment by Albert Bigelow Paine; Vols.36-37. Mark Twain's autobiography.). Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # aj1412-102535

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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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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. Limited Edition. Twenty-five volumes; 5 ¾ in. x 8 ½ in. Volume One: The verso of the f.f.e.p. has the bookplate of William G. Mather (1857-1951), a Cleveland, Ohio-based industrialist and book collector. Bound in at this point is a tab reading "Original Autograph Manuscript Pages from The Gilded Age." There are two manuscript pages: the first in Twain's hand with some corrections and cross-outs; the second in the hand of Charles Dudley Warner, who was Twain's collaborator for "The Gilded Age." The verso of the half-title page in Volume One is the limitation page and states: "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)." This is followed by (1) an engraved portrait of Twain; (2) title-page of the set; (3) the title-page for the work in Volume I ("Innocents Abroad") and (4) an essay entitled "Biographical Criticism" ( at pp. v-xxxiii), which is signed at the end by the author, Brander Matthews. All volumes are illustrated (some are photo-gravures); and some illustrations are signed. Presswork by The University Press, Cambridge. (1899-1907). Volume 10 of the set is the first volume of "The Gilded Age;" it has a limitation page reading the same as that in Volume I and is signed by Charles Dudley Warner (only). Bound in full, dark red-brown morocco leather by Pfister, with its stamp on the end-papers. 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 end-papers; 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. Near Fine. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # m-35

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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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