First Edition of Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance

  • Mark Twain’s (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance.
  • Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance.
  • Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance.

Mark Twain’s (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance.

$850.00

Item Number: 95337

New York: Sheldon & Company, 1871.

First edition of this collection of Twain’s short stories with the title page without advertisement on verso (BAL 3326). Small octavo, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt titles to the front panel, illustrated. In near fine condition.

Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance contains two short stories: "A Burlesque Autobiography", which first appeared in Twain's ten-page Memoranda contributions to Galaxy Magazine, and "First Romance", which initially appeared in The Express in 1870. The two stories bear no actual relationship to Twain's life, but rather present fictional characters that are supposedly part of his lineage. The illustrations throughout both stories have no relationship to the text, but are cartoons that illustrate the children's poem The House that Jack Built, a social commentary the Erie Railroad Ring and its participants, Jay Gould, John T. Hoffman, and Jim Fisk.

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