San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by The Grabhorn Press for The Colt Press], 1959. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 450 copies, quarto size, 47 pp. Very good +. Item #17032405
American writer and humourist Mark Twain (1835-1901) loved cats, and his affection for them comes out in these tales, written in the inimitable Twain style. This volume comprises two humorous tales about cats, "A Cat Tale" and "The Autobiography of Belshazzar", written for his three youngest daughters, previously unpublished (except for a part of the first paragraph of "A Cat Tale", which was quoted, with changes, by Albert Bigelow Paine in "Mark Twain, A Biography").
Includes two illustrations, the only known examples of pictorial art by Twain, and two little-known photographs, one of Twain, with cats, and the other of his three youngest daughters. This publication was included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter blue-grey cloth with white paper boards decorated with black cats and red flowers, cream paper spine label with gilt lettering and cat illustration, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, title page in red and black, frontispiece a black-and-white photograph of Mark Twain holding a kitten, each page of the text for the two tales has the grey silhouette of an arched cat in the outer margins, two sketches of cats by Twain throughout the text of the first tale; handset Elzevir type, quarto size (11.5" by 8.75"), pagination: [i-ii] iii-xvi, [1-2] 3-29  [1 colophon], one of 450 copies, unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Better than very good, with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some very slight soiling to the boards, minor rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and top edges of the boards, and some faint age-toning to the endpapers. Lacking plain dust-wrapper.
___CITATIONS: Grabhorn Press Bibliography no. 610, BCC no. 102.
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