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“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. $32,000.

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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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“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,” in the very rare original publisher’s sheep binding. $29,000.

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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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“TO UNDERSTAND AMERICA, READ MARK TWAIN”

TWAIN, Mark. Writings of Mark Twain. London, 1899-1907. Twenty-five volumes.

First English issue of the “Author’s Édition de Luxe” of Twain’s works, number 184 of 620 copies signed by him as “SL Clemens (Mark Twain)” on the limitation page. With two autograph leaves—the first in Twain’s hand, the second in the hand of Charles Dudley Warner, with whom Twain co-authored the book—in The Gilded Age (Volume 10). $21,000.

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"ONLY A VERY SMALL MINORITY CAN PROPERLY CLAIM TO BE SANE"

TWAIN, Mark. Christian Science. New York and London, 1907.

First edition, first state, of Twain’s satirical diatribe on Christian Science—then a relatively new and rapidly growing religion in the United States—and the religion’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, wonderfully inscribed by Twain, "Only a very small minority can properly claim to be sane. Mark Twain," in answer to a question posed above in an unidentified hand: "This book should live when the delusion is dead. Is there any danger that a majority of the race will become insane?" $13,500.

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LIBER SCRIPTORUM, SIGNED BY MARK TWAIN, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, ANDREW CARNEGIE AND NUMEROUS OTHER AUTHORS

(TWAIN, Mark, ROOSEVELT, Theodore, et al.). Liber Scriptorum. New York, 1893.

First edition, number 32 of only 251 numbered copies signed by each of the 109 contributors, the most prominent being Mark Twain ("The Californian's Tale," page 161—the first appearance of this story), Theodore Roosevelt ("A Shot at a Bull Elk," page 487) and Andrew Carnegie ("Genius Illustrated from Burns," page 99). An altogether impressive collection of the works and signatures of leading late-19th century literary figures, a beautiful copy in original publisher's morocco-gilt binding. $13,500.

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“ALL MODERN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN. IT’S THE BEST BOOK WE’VE HAD”

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. $12,500.

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RARE COMPLETE "SHOULDER STRAP" SET OF CIVIL WAR MEMOIRS, PUBLISHED BY MARK TWAIN

(SHOULDER STRAP SET) GRANT, Ulysses S. Shoulder Strap Set. New York, 1885-1892. Eleven volumes altogether.

Complete Shoulder Strap set of seven Civil War histories printed by Twain's publishing house in its short-lived but impressive decade of operation, featuring Grant's Memoirs (1885-6), McClellan's Own Story (1887), Crawford's Genesis of the Civil War (1887), Custer's Tenting on the Plains (1889), Hancock's Reminiscences (1887), Sheridan's Personal Memoirs (1888), Sherman's Memoirs (1892)—as well as Adam Badeau's biography Grant in Peace (1888), not published by Webster but in a binding uniform with the rest of the set—each volume with the trademark gilt-decorated "shoulder strap" on the spine. $9200.

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FASCINATING 1874 SIGNED AUTOGRAPH LETTER WRITTEN BY MARK TWAIN TO AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY PRESIDENT ELISHA BLISS

TWAIN, Mark. Autograph letter signed. Hartford, Connecticut, October 21, 1874.

Original 1874 signed autograph letter written entirely in Mark Twain's hand to American Publishing Company President Elisha Bliss suggesting Louise Chandler Moulton's Some Women's Hearts for publication despite reservations about the content; wishing Bliss success with the publication of Howell's and Harte's upcoming books; and expressing hope that his play ("The Gilded Age") would run for 200 nights in New York. $7500.

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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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"THE FIRST SLAVE RESCUERS TO GAIN RENOWN AMONG ABOLITIONISTS"

(TWAIN, Mark) (SLAVERY) Thompson, George. Prison Life and Reflections. Hartford, 1851.

1851 edition of Thompson's powerful account of "one of the first instances of whites putting their lives at risk to rescue slaves," chronicling the attempted rescue of slaves on the bank of the Mississippi, the trial of the three famed abolitionists convicted by a jury that included the father of Mark Twain with the young Twain said to be in attendance, featuring the frontispiece engraving of the three abolitionists chained in ankle irons in their cell, in original cloth. $750.

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