"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
Editorial Wild Oats.
Item Number: 68027
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.
Editorial Wild Oats is a classic American humor collection by Mark Twain, which contains My First Literary Venture, Journalism in Tennessee, Nicodemus Dodge, Printer, Mr. Bloke's Item, How I Edited an Agricultural Paper and The Killing of Julius Caesar 'Localized'.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1909.
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New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1968.
First edition of Plimpton’s classic work on golf. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Great Max another wild effusion- George.” The recipient was Max Steele, who along with Plimpton started The Paris Review. Additionally inscribed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, Max Steele. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Korn. A unique example.
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London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1928.
First edition of the first volume of the author’s autobiographical trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including frontispiece portrait of the author. An excellent example in the rare dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Examples in the original dust jacket are rare.
First Subscribers Edition of The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf "one of the most magnificent books in the entire library of golf"
London: Published for Golf Illustrated, Ltd. by London & Counties Press, 1912.
First Subscribers Edition. Folio, original full red morocco, all edges gilt, gilt titles to the spine, gilt-tooled pictorial lion emblem lettered “Far & Sure” to the front panel. Three full-color plates (including frontispiece) and 2 photogravures; tissue guards present. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Uncommon in this condition.
"Perhaps the most widely read golf tutorial ever written": First Deluxe Edition of Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf; Signed by Legendary golfer Ben Hogan
New York: A.S. Barnes, 1957.
First edition, deluxe edition of one of the best-selling golf books of all-time. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Ben Hogan on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with the original slipcase. Illustrated by Anthony Ravielli. Rare and desirable signed.