“ALL MODERN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN”
TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [sheep]. New York, 1885.
First edition, in unrestored publisher’s deluxe sheep binding, with all first-state points, including the extraordinarily rare “curved fly” illustration. Most rare, one of approximately 2500 copies issued in this binding, one of the first copies to be printed in the “original state,” before the above illustration was altered. This unaltered leaf appears in only some of the publisher’s deluxe bindings and never in the cloth-bound copies. $30,000.
FROM MARK TWAIN'S RESEARCH LIBRARY, SIGNED BY TWAIN AND WITH HIS ANNOTATIONS ON THE FINAL PAGE
(TWAIN, Mark) TAINE, Hippolyte. The Ancient Regime. New York, 1876.
Mark Twain's signed copy of Hippolyte Taine's The Ancient Regime, signed "Saml. L. Clemens, Hartford 1876" on the front flyleaf and annotated by him on the final text leaf, "Finished Jan 29th" and beneath that note, "Finished Sept. 10th," indicating that he read the book twice. With the bookplate prepared by Anderson Auction Company in 1911 stating "This book is from the Library of Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)" signed by Twain's literary executor and biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. $25,000.
"WE MUST BE PREPARED TO DEFEND OUR SHORES AGAINST ALL THE ALIEN GANGS OF INTERNATIONAL RACKETEERS THAT CALL THEMSELVES 'GOVERNMENTS'"
LEWIS, Sinclair. It Can't Happen Here. Garden City, New York, 1935.
First edition of Lewis' fascinating cautionary tale about the risks of American populism—"a frightening book written for frightening times." $1850.