“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus": First Edition of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
Item Number: 37051
New York: Charles L. Webster, 1889.
First edition, first printing of a 9th-century citizen of Hartford, Connecticut who awakens to find himself transported back in time to early medieval England. Octavo, original green pictorial cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel with both first edition, first printing issue points including the S-like ornament between the two word caption on page 59 and without broken type on page 72. In near fine condition.
Mark Twain wrote A Connecticut Yankee after reading Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur, exploring "a number of implicit parallels between Arthur's England and the American South: slavery; an agrarian economy which came into armed conflict with an industrial economy; a chivalric code which, Clemens said, was secondhand Walter Scott and kept the South mawkish, adolescent, verbose, and addicted to leatherheaded anachronisms like duels and tournaments. In both frameworks a civil war destroys the old order, and the Yankee has as acute a sense of loss as Mark Twain did" (Kaplan, 297).
Other Books by this Author
Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the masterpieces of American literature Tom Sawyer; Finely Bound
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.
First edition, first printing, first state (with “THE” on half title in 10-point rather than 14-point type), peach endpapers, printed on wove paper, with preliminary matter paginated [I]-XVI and front and rear triple flyleaves of laid paper. BAL 3369. Johnson, 27-30. MacDonnell, 39-40. MacBride, 40. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco, titles to the spine in gilt, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
"I Was a Very Smart Child at the Age of Thirteen": First Edition of Mark Twain's Editorial Wild Oats; In the rare Original Dust jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1905.
First edition of this collection of short stories. Octavo, original red cloth, illustrated. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Rare in the original jacket.
Addressed envelope in Mark Twain’s hand, which reads, “Mark Twain, Hotel Royal, Berlin. Col. McClure 21 Bedford Street, Strand London England.” Double matted and framed with a portrait of Twain. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 23 inches.
Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the Masterpieces of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876.
First edition, first printing, first state (with “THE” on half title in 10-point rather than 14-point type) of one of the great masterpieces of American literature. Octavo, original blue cloth, peach endpapers, top edge gilt. In very good condition with some very light rubbing to the cloth. Peach endpapers, printed on wove paper, with preliminary matter paginated [I]-XVI and front and rear triple flyleaves of laid paper. BAL 3369. Johnson, 27-30. MacDonnell, 39-40. MacBride, 40. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of an important book.
Signed black and white photograph of Mark Twain in his trademark white three-piece suit seated. Signed by Mark Twain below the photograph on a mount. This photograph was taken in 1907 by the Wm. A. F. Bradley Company in New York, one of the most successful studio photographers in the world at that time, which Twain autographed and sold to raise funds for those affected by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Matted and framed, measures 17 inches by 29 inches.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1919.
Octavo, original cloth. With Illustrations in Color by Howard Pyle. Decorations in Tint by Wilfred J. Jones. Bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
“Learning softeneth the heart and breedeth gentleness and charity": First Edition of Mark Twain's Classic The Prince and the Pauper
James R. Osgood and Company: New York, 1882.
First edition, first issue with uncorrected text; p. 124, line 1 reading “estate”; p. 263 “do not”; p. 362 “reigned.” Franklin Press imprint on verso of title page. Octavo, original publisher’s green pictorial cloth. In near fine condition with only light shelfwear. BAL 3402; Johnson p. 39-41.
"I begin to see that a man's got to be in his own Heaven to be happy": First Edition of Mark Twain's Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1909.
First edition of the last work published by Twain during his life. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, tissue guard. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small chips to the extremities. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Hartford, CT: The American Publishing Company, 1899-1907.
The Royal Edition of the writings of Mark Twain. Octavo, 25 volumes, bound in full contemporary red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, compartments with gilt floral designs, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with gravure plates, additional illustrated title pages. Number 411 of an unstated number of copies of the Royal Edition, “Limited and Registered.” The Royal edition contains all the novels, essays and sketches of Mark Twain. With many full-page illustrations, including etchings, photogravures, and engravings, with numerous frontispieces. Rare and desirable.
“Art and order, the relatives that refuse to relate”: First Edition of The Piano Teacher; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek
New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988.
First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Jelinek on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
The Annie Dillard Reader Including: Piligrim At Tinker Creek; Teaching A Stone To Talk; Holy the Firm; An American Childhood; The Living.
New York: Haper Collins Publishers, 1994.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur and his wife, “For Charlee and Richard with best wishes Annie Dillard.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: FSG, 1989.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize- winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Oscar Hijuelos on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
Berlin: Luchterhand, 1956.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first book. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Fine in illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by Gunter Grass on the title page.