"DISTILLATIONS OF TWAIN'S WIT AND WISDOM"
TWAIN, Mark. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson. And the Comedy, Those Extraordinary Twins. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1894. Octavo, original gilt-stamped russet cloth. $2000.
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.
"Regarded as a major part of Twain's Mississippi writings. It resembles Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in being set before the Civil War in a small Missouri town modeled on Hannibal. However, it has a much more somber tone. While it contains humor, it deals frankly with small-town prejudice, slavery, miscegenation, lost birthright, degenerate aristocratic values and distorted parental love" (Rasmussen, 372). "Includes a series of brilliant epigrams, each the headpiece of a chapter, which are distillations of Twain's wit and wisdom" (Benet, 795). First state, with all points for title page, text and frontispiece. BAL 3442. Johnson, 59-61. MacDonnell, 50-51. McBride, 170. Tiny bookseller ticket.
Small marginal spot to pages 21 and 156, cloth lovely, gilt quite bright. A beautiful copy.