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Mark Twain Books,
First Editions and Other Collectibles

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"1601" or Conversation at the Social Fireside as It Was in the Time of the Tudors - $25.00 (Item #: 4906)
Mark Twain
Privately Printed in New York City MCMXXVII, 125 numbered copies. This copy is not numbered. With glassine dust jacket in near fine condition.

1601 Fireside Conversation in Ye Goode Queene Elizabeth's Tyme - $60.00 (Item #: 4808)

Mark Twain
Airedale Series 1925. ''This edition is limited to five hundred copies of which this is number { }''. The copy number is blank. Title page reads Fireside Conversation in 1601 at Ye Time of Queen Elizabeth.
Overall Very Good or Better.

A Dog's Tale - $350.00 (Item #: 1861)

Mark Twain
1st Edition
Start with a very nice copy of this book. The book and lettering are clean and bright. The binding is very sound. There is just a llittle flaking to lettering on the spine. In addition there is a partial dust jacket. It is in four major pieces - the front and rear panels and front and rear flaps. Thought the dust jacket is incomplete there is enough there to let one know what it looks like and see the information provided on it.

A Horse's Tale - $150.00 (Item #: 3772)

Mark Twain
1st Edition. Variant printing with tan cloth and sheets of the first edition, but first gathering cancelled before binding, and the title page with the imprint ''Compliments of the Oil City Trust Co., December, 1908''.
VG. Boards lightly soiled. Spine a bit darkened. Corners bumped. Shelf dust to exterior page edges. Previous owner name and city, state on front flyleaf with offsetting to front pastedown. Scattered light soiling to text.

A Tramp Abroad - $350.00 (Item #: 4742)

Mark Twain
A Tramp Abroad 1880 1st Edition. Sheets bulk 1 5/8'', State A. ''Titian's Moses''.
Very solid. Hinges are strong and textblock is very nice. Only a little wear at corners and spine ends. Gilt on spine is faded. Overall, very good or better.

A Tramp Abroad - $325.00 (Item #: 885)

Mark Twain
1st Edition. 1st state of the engraved portrait frontispiece with vertical underlying lines. ''Titian's Moses'' on the frontispiece. Pages bulk 1 3/8''.
Very good or better. Hinges are solid. Text block is sound. Not much wear to the cloth, even at tips and spine ends. Gilt is a little dulled but still brighter than most, especially on the spine. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown.

A Tramp Abroad - $120.00 (Item #: 4831)

Mark Twain
From BAL the first London, Chatto & Windus, edition was in two volumes and was advertised in Athenaeum as ''now ready'' on April 10, 1880. A Chatto & Windus reprint in one volume was advertised in Bookseller August, 1880 as ''nearly ready''; listed in Athenaeum August 14, 1880. This copy has 1880 on the title page and ads in the rear dated June, 1880. There is a gift inscription on the half-title page dated Sept. 19, 1880.
Spine is darkened. Corners are bumped and show some wear. Spine ends show light wear. The cloth covers are somewhat darkened and soiled. There is a previous owner's name and address on the first free endpaper.On the half-title page, there is the previoulsy mentioned inscription and also the owner's name and town and also ''1937''. The exterior page edges are soiled. The hinges and textblock are sound, and overall the book is good plus or better.

English As She Is Taught - $150.00 (Item #: 3948)

Mark Twain
1st Edition. 1st Issue with ''fivc'' on page 16, line 5.
VG. Wear around the cover edges. Small dime size stain on front cover. Cover wrapper has come unglued from text block, but remains nicely in place. Textblock remains very sound.

English As She Is Taught - $60.00 (Item #: 4089)

Caroline B. Le Row
1st U. S. edition of the book by Caroline B. Le Row with the short four line blurb by Mark Twain at the front. BAL 3420
Good+. Paper boards are worn around the edges. The front board shows evidence of dampstaining on the outside, but no indications are present inside. The front hinge is cracked along the bottom inch or so, but still soundly attached from there up. The spine is a bit darkened with wear at the ends. The interior is clean.

English As She Is Taught - $135.00 (Item #: 2225)

Mark Twain
1st US Edition, 2nd state with ''five'' instead of ''fivc'' on page 16, line 5.

Following the Equator - $425.00 (Item #: 312)

Mark Twain
1st Edition Hartford, Connecticut The American Publishing Company 1897.
A clean, tight copy. Bookplate on front pastedown. The front hinge has just a little cracking to the paper at the bottom portion, but the hinge is very sound. There is a tiny nick to the cloth on the top front edge. Overall this is a very nice copy of this book.

Is Shakespeare Dead? - $525.00 (Item #: 1342)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 1st Issue, Dust Jacket
Book is Near Fine. Dust Jacket is as pictured. Chipping at corners and around perimeter, still front and back panels and flaps look nice. Small faint red stain on back panel. Spine is chipped with some fragmentation.

Life on the Mississippi - $1,600.00 (Item #: 1759)

Mark Twain
1883 1st Edition. 1st Issue with image of Twain in flames on page 441 and St. Louis Hotel on page 443. All edges gilt.
Light wear to spine ends. Bottom front corners lightly bumped. Else book is very near fine. Gilt is very bright. All page edges are gilt, and this is also very clean and bright. A very nice copy.

Mark Twain, An Exhibition Selected Mainly From the Papers Belonging to the Samue - $25.00 (Item #: 3765)

Edwin and Dixon Carpenter and Wecter
Mark Twain, An Exhibition Selected Mainly from the Papers Belonging to the Samuel L. Clemens Estate on Deposit in the Huntington Library. ''This exhibition was first shown at the Library's annual observance of Friend's Day, June 2, 1947''. There is a card laid in that reads, ''With compliments of Friends of the Huntington Library''.
VG+. 1/2'' wide faded strip down left edge of goldish brown front cover. Along the right edge of front cover the paper is crumpled.

Mark Twain, Privately Printed for C. Charles Burlingame, M.D. - $16.00 (Item #: 4352)

Mark Twain
December, 1948 Privately printed for C. Charles Burlingame, M.D. Hartford - Boston - New York M CM XLVIII
Some light browning and light soiling to the cover. Two corners lighlty bumped with very small tears to the paper. Overall very good.

Mark Twain's Autobiography and First Romance - $160.00 (Item #: 3781)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 1st Issue with no ad on copyright page.
Near VG. Dark green boards are rubbed and show wear with fraying to the cloth at spine ends and corners. The cloth is also worn through on three very small spots along the rear spine edge. It is beginning to crack between the second blank and the title page, but no pages are loose. Previous owner's name and address on second blank. Light to moderate soiling throughout. Pages are a bit browned.

Mark Twain's Autobiography and First Romance - $135.00 (Item #: 4031)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 1st Issue in wraps.
About VG. Light soiling. Stain on back. Corners curled a bit. Cover and first page torn about 1 1/2'' along spine at top. Inside clean. Soundly bound by string.

Mark Twain's Autobiography and First Romance - $45.00 (Item #: 5031)

Mark Twain
1st Edition 2nd State with the ad for Ball, Back, & Co. on the back of the title page.
Good. The binding is sound. The first blank is missing. Some wear tot the extremities and general scuffing. Gilt title a little faded. Pages a little browned. Moderate soiling throughout with some page creases. Overall and acceptable.copy.

Mark Twain's Autobiography and First Romance - $75.00 (Item #: 4854)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 2nd State with Ball, Black & Co. ad on back of cover.
VG-. Bottom third of front cover is split at the spine.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - $200.00 (Item #: 5033)
Mark Twain
1st Edition, 1st State with page 463 reading, ''The Abbey Shakespeare'' at the top and ''The Memoirs of Barras'' offered at $3.75 and showing the last two volumes as ''just ready''.
Hinges are solid, and the text is clean though the pages are just a little browned. The boards are speckled with color-fading. The spine is a little faded. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown. The book is just slightly leaned. Shelf dust. Overall a good or better copy of a book that is difficult to find in really nice condition.

Punch, Brothers, Punch - $550.00 (Item #: 4151)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 1st Issue with Mark Twain in Roman type on the title page. Blue cloth.
VG. Corners are bumped and worn with some exposure of the underlying board. Spine ends show wear. Some light rubbing to the rear board with some darkening of the blue cloth at the top and bottom. The pages are a bit browned browned. Hinges and binding are completely sound.

Saint Joan of Arc - $400.00 (Item #: 1788)

Mark Twain
1st separate edition with Harpers code D-T. Blanck's 1st issue with printed endpapers and marginal ornamentation on page 18 in the correct position. Dust jacket is presumed earliest state with no prices printed for the books advertised on the back panel.
Book is Fine. Dust jacket is VG+ with some small chips at the spine ends and corners.

Sketches New and Old - $350.00 (Item #: 1180)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 2nd State
VG+. A very nice copy.

The American Claimant - $225.00 (Item #: 314)

Mark Twain
1st Edition
Clean, bright copy with only minor wear. Last two blank pages are creased across the bottom corner. Very nice.

The Author's Club of New York 1898 Constitution and Biographies, Mark Twain - $35.00 (Item #: 4815)

Mark Twain
The Author's Club 1898 on the title page. On the spine, Manual of the Author's Club 1898. Contains their Constitution, list of the founders, list of the members, and a bibliogrpahy (listing of the works) of each of the members. 250 copies printed at the De Vinne Press. Samuel L. Clemens is listed as a member since 1885 and is included the bibliography section. The club was founded in 1882.
Overall sound and in good plus to very good condition. Page 15/16 is loose, but fits snugly in place.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County - $475.00 (Item #: 2241)

Mark Twain
1870 publication, originally published in 1867. 1867 first printing of 1,000 copies. 1867 second printing of 552 copies. Through 1870 a total of 4,076 copies printed and bound, 250 unbound copies remained, as well as 50 bound copies. 1870 was the last year the book was published in it's original format.
Wear with loss at head and foot of spine as shown in scans. The book is maroon. The spine cloth has faded and is more brown in color. The spine gilt is still present though not bright. The front cover gilt is reasonably bright. On the blank page that precedes the title page, there is a small ink name written across the upper left corner and a larger pencil name with the date of July 10, 1871 at the top center. The binding is quite solid. The text is clean. Except for the spine cloth loss the book is VG or better.

The Curious Republic of Gondour - $75.00 (Item #: 4111)

Mark Twain
1st Edition
VG. Bottom corners a little worn with some cardboard exposure. Shelf dust.

The Gilded Age Rebound - $15.00 (Item #: 4825)
Mark Twain
Hartford American Publishing Company 1874. Single imprint. Later printing with Beriah Sellers and illustration on page 403.
In library binding. No endpapers. Text block in very good condition except foldout map is not present. Four pages of ads at the rear.

The Innocents Abroad - $275.00 (Item #: 899)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 1st Issue.
Professionally rebacked. Original front and rear leather boards. Text block is quite nice.

The Innocents Abroad - $350.00 (Item #: 4684)

Mark Twain
1869 1st Edition, Third Issue. Black cloth.
A nice sound copy with wear at the corners, particularly the bottom corners. Also some wear at the spine ends with a short tear to the cloth on the top front hinge. Some scattered soiling throughout. On the whole a very good copy.

The Innocents Abroad - $800.00 (Item #: 2284)

Mark Twain
1st Edition, 2nd state. Half morocco. Marbled edges and endpapers.
VG+ to NF. Leather a bit rubbed. Middle signature very slightly pulled, not at all loose, but protrudes just a tiny bit more than the other pages. This is a nice copy.

The Innocents at Home - $80.00 (Item #: 4103)

Mark Twain
The Innocents at Home. Copyright Edition. Has list on back of title page of ''By Mark Twain, Author's English Editions''. The 1st UK edition of this was apparently published in 1871 by Routledge, no date in book, in salmon or yellow boards, three states. These had the printer listed on the last page of text as Bradbury, Evans. This copy is bound in 1/2 leather with marbled boards. The size of 6 3/8'' x 4'' is the same as the 1st edition. The printer listed on the last page is Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. All of the titles listed on the reverse of the title page were published in 1872 or earlier except for Information Wanted, which was published in 1876. This copy was apparently published in 1876 or later. Contains the second part of Rouging It and Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography.

The Loyalty of Friendship - $20.00 (Item #: 3963)

Mark Twain
1st Edition. Printed wraps. Also issued in suede. BAL 3679. No date. Barse & Hopkins 1917.
A quote from Twain on friendship followed by quotes from various other authors and dignitaries.

The Mysterious Stranger - $300.00 (Item #: 4824)

Mark Twain
Harper & Brothers 1916. 1st Edition with code letters K-Q signifying October, 1916.
A nice sound copy. Rear board has a thin vertical and a thin horizontal indention that can be seen on the scan. The cloth along the top part of the rear exterior hinge is just a little rough. Overall a very good copy.

The Niagara Book - $65.00 (Item #: 4804)

Mark Twain
By Mark Twainb, W. D. Howells, E. S. Martin, and N. S. Shaler. New and Revised Edition. 1901.
Very good condition with only minor wear at the corners and some fading to the spine lettering.

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson - $325.00 (Item #: 5030)

Mark Twain
!st Edition 1st State with pages bulking 1 1/8''. Facsimile signature 1 7/16'' wide.
Very Good. Generally clean and solid. Hinges sound, binding square. Name stamped on each of front two blank pages. Some browing of the pages, mainly around the perimeter. Front exterior page edges show a few spots. Only light scattered soiling throught text. Corners a little bumped and rubbed with front bottom corner a bit moreso with a little tear to the cloth. Some wear to the cloth at the spine ends. Overall a nice, solid copy.

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and The Comedy of Those Extraordinary Twins - $750.00 (Item #: 316)

Mark Twain
American Publishing Company 1894. 1st Edition, 1st State. Sheets bulk 1 1/8''; title leaf joined to next fly, not an insert on variant paper; facsimile signature 1 7/16'' wide.
Near Fine. A very nice copy.

Tom Sawyer Abroad - $500.00 (Item #: 3798)

Mark Twain
1st Edition. Blanck's binding state A with about 5 5/8'' between Webster and Twain on the spine. State B is about 5 3/8''. No priority. Collation includes a flyleaf at the back. This is noted because Blanck states, ''In some copies there is a flyleaf at the back.'' BAL 3440. Merle Johnson notes that some copies have red coloring on the cover while some have a dullish orange. This copy has the orange.
A very nice copy of this hard to find book. Light soiling to the boards. Corners are lightly bumped. The spine is just a little darkened. Some tiny nicks to the cloth at the spine ends. Gilt and colors on the cover are bright. Gilt and colors on the spine are just a little dulled, but still nice. The binding is sound with no cracks or loose pages.