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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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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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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),"ť 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."ť On the reverse is written in a different hand: "Mark Twain Feb. 16, '75."ť 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),"ť 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 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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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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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 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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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. Bookplate of Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath to front pastedown. Pencilled drawings to rear free endpaper. Spine faded, tips just a touch worn, hinges repaired, light foxing to edges of text block. An excellent copy. 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 # 110731

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

Twain, Mark [Taine, Hippolyte]

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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 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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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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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)

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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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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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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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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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TWAIN Mark KEMBLE Edward W.

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Item Description: 1885. First Edition. TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster, 1885. Octavo, original gilt- and black-stamped green pictorial cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $18,500.First edition, first issue, of "the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction"ť (Legacies of Genius, 47), with 174 illustrations by Edward Kemble, an exceptionally lovely and completely unrestored copy with fresh and bright original cloth.Written over an eight-year period, Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn endured critical attacks from the moment of publication, standing accused of "blood-curdling humor," immorality, coarseness and profanity. The book nevertheless emerged as one of the defining novels of American literature, prompting Hemingway to declare: "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since." This copy has all of the commonly identified first-issue points (the printer assembled copies haphazardly; bibliographers do not yet agree as to the priority of many points). First-issue points: page [9] with "Decided" remaining uncorrected (to "Decides"); page [13], illustration captioned "Him and another Man" listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads "with the was." Debate continues over the priority of other points of issue and state. This copy contains the following points of bibliographical interest: frontispiece portrait, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint, shows the cloth table cover under the bust; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with "l" missing from "Col" and broken "b" in "body" on line seven; page 155 with final "5" absent; page 161, no signature mark "11"; page 283-84 is conjugate (Kemble's illustration corrected with straight pant-fly) as described by McBride (page 103), Johnson (page 48) and MacDonnell (pages 32-33). BAL 3415. Johnson, 43-50. MacDonnell, 29-35. McBride, 93. Grolier American 87. Occasional light foxing and marginal dampstaining. Cloth generally clean and fresh, with light rubbing to spine foot; gilt exceptionally bright. A beautiful, entirely unrestored copy of an incontestably important American classic, quite desirable in such beautiful condition. Bookseller Inventory # 104681

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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)

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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 (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

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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 page edges, pastedowns, and endpapers all marbled. 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. 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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