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“ONE OF THE MOST DURABLE WORKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE”

TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford, 1876. Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the universally recognized masterpieces of American literature, Twain's irrepressible and unforgettable "true boy's book." $30,000.

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"I HAVE HAD MY COFFEE & BREAD, & SHAN'T GET OUT OF BED TILL IT IS TIME TO DRESS FOR MRS. LAFFAN'S XMAS DINNER THIS EVENING—WHERE I SHALL MEET BRAM STOKER & MUST MAKE SURE ABOUT THAT PHOTO WITH IRVING'S AUTOGRAPH"

TWAIN, Mark. Autograph letter signed. The Players, New York, 1893.

Splendid 26-page signed autograph letter, written entirely in Mark Twain's hand, from Twain to his wife, Livy, regarding Twain's plans for Christmas including meeting Bram Stoker; his meetings in Chicago over Paige's automatic typesetting machine (which would eventually bankrupt him); and his train trip back to Chicago in a luxury train car, with original hand-addressed envelope to "Mrs. S.L. Clemens." $29,500.

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“THE MOST PRAISED AND MOST CONDEMNED 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN WORK OF FICTION”

TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York, 1885. First edition, first issue, of "the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction" (Legacies of Genius, 47), with 174 illustrations by Edward Kemble, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher's three-quarter morocco binding. $26,000.

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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.

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“CAMELOT… NAME OF THE ASYLUM, LIKELY”

TWAIN, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York, 1889.

First edition, second issue, of Twain’s comedic critique of Arthurian legend and 19th-century America. This copy inscribed and signed by the author "Truly Yours Mark Twain" on a front flyleaf. $19,000.

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"TO DEAR MARK TWAIN WHO CHEERED MANY A HEAVY HEART BEFORE HE REACHED MINE"

(TWAIN, Mark) HAMMOND, Mrs. John Hays. A Woman's Part in the Revolution. London, 1897.

First edition, presentation copy, of this inside account of the Jameson raid—an important precursor to the Boer War—written by the wife of John Hays Hammond, a leading member of the Johannesburg Reform Committee who was implicated in the plot and jailed, inscribed by the author on the verso of the title page, "To dear Mark Twain who cheered many a heavy heart before he reached mine. From the Author, April 1897." With Twain's copious annotations throughout in both ink and pencil, amounting to almost 150 words on 18 different pages, the book was cited by Twain repeatedly in Following the Equator. $15,000.

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"I BELIEVE THE FLOCK TO BE HONEST & SINCERE, & THAT SHE IS NEITHER"

TWAIN, Mark. Autograph letter signed. Riverdale, New York, December 5, 1902.

Fascinating autograph letter written entirely in Mark Twain's hand to the New York leader of Christian Science's Committee on Publication, William McCrackan, concerning his attempt to get Twain to recant his statements on Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy and Twain's firm rejection of any possibility of that happening, signed and initialed by Twain. $8000.

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SALESMAN’S DUMMY FOR MARK TWAIN’S A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT

TWAIN, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Salesman’s Dummy). New York, 1889.

Original salesman’s dummy for A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, with engraved frontispiece portrait, select illustrations and excerpts, and samples of the morocco and sheep spines affixed to the front pastedown, and the gilt-decorated cloth cover and spine affixed to the rear pastedown. $4200.

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“IT SEEMED PLAIN TO ME THAT TOO MUCH SPACE WAS GIVEN TO POETRY AND ROMANCE AND NOT ENOUGH TO STATISTICS AND AGRICULTURE”

TWAIN, Mark. Mark Twain's Memoranda. From the Galaxy. Toronto, 1871.

First edition of this unauthorized Canadian publication of some of Twain's earlier pieces that originally appeared in the New York literary periodical Galaxy (May 1870-February 1871). Among the rarest of Twain's early publications. $3200.

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“DISTILLATIONS OF TWAIN’S WIT AND WISDOM”

TWAIN, Mark. The Pudd'nhead Wilson/Those Extraordinary Twins. Hartford, 1894.

First edition, first state, of the preferred American edition (published simultaneously with the English), with frontispiece portrait of Twain and copious marginal line cut illustrations. $2000.

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