n.p. Privately Published, 1936. Limited Edition. Wraps. No. 432 of 500 copies, octavo size, 18 printed pp. Near fine. Item #20100704
An interesting piece of Twainiana, with supposed "recollections" as told by one Frank Edward Kelsey to a certain "Laurel O'Connor" who, in the opinion of one writer (see Citation below), is believed to have been Laurabell Reed Connor Stones.
While the writer concludes that "this pamphlet, through certainly worthy of the curiosity of Twainiacs and local historians, should not be regarded as an especially reliable source of biographical information about Samuel Clemens or his associates." He goes on to state "[t]his does not prevent Kelsey's memoir from being entertaining, or relevant to scholars...[and] the pamphlet is likely far more dependent upon the second-hand stories he heard from those who frequented places like Klapproth's tavern when Clemens was really a 'regular' during the preceding decades."
___DESCRIPTION: Printed on, and bound in wraps of parchment paper, with a purple cord binding, brown lettering and decorations on the front wrap, yapped edges, limitation statement following the title page, this no. 432 (written in pencil) of 500 copies, each page printed on the recto only; octavo size (8" by 5 5/8"), with 20 unnumbered leaves, 18 of which are printed.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the cord binding secure, the purple cord unfaded and unworn, the wraps clean with just a few areas of light toning, very minor edgewear, the interior clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some wrinkling to the parchment as seems to be the case with all copies and a few miniscule closed tears to the yapped edges, else fine.
___CITATION: Article by Matt Seybold on the web site of the Center for Mark Twain Studies posted on September 16, 2019.
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