Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1875. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, second state (see details below), octavo size, 320 pp. Very good. Item #20100703
Samuel L. Clemens, better known to the world as "Mark Twain", (1835-1910) created some of the best-loved characters of American fiction, including Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. In addition to his many novels, he also was a prolific writer of short pieces, or "sketches".
Per the bibiography, this work contains sixty-six "paragraphic and short-sketch items", many of which had previously been published in other venues, mostly magazine periodicals. It does, "of course" include "Jumping Frog" now "restored to the English tongue after martyrdom in the French."
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full blue cloth over boards, gilt lettering and decorations on the front and spine, black decorations on the front, spine and back board, tasteful prior owner Ex-Libris on the front pastedown (of a castle built of books), vintage prior owner name and address with the date of "Oct 17th 1879" in a flowing hand in red ink on the front free endpaper, frontispiece illustration with a book in the middle containing the large initials "M.T." and surrounded by a "cloud" of personages (presumably those contained in the stories), date of 1875 on the title page matching the copyright page, the volume profusely illustrated with in-text line-drawn illustrations; octavo size (8 3/4" by 7"), pagination: [1-16] 17-320 (note that the front endpapers and flyleaves are included in the pagination).
___CONDITION: A solid very good copy, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright (other than a few light stray marks), and the only prior owner markings being those set forth above; some scattered light spots on the blue binding (see pictures and request more if needed), and a bit of wear to the head and tail of the spine.
___CITATIONS: Johnson pp. 24-27; BAL no. 3364, second state without the footnote on p. 120 and without "From Hospital Days" on p. 299.
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