The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson. And the Comedy, Those Extraordinary Twins.

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example": First Edition of Mark Twain's The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson. And the Comedy, Those Extraordinary Twins.

TWAIN, Mark. (Samuel L. Clemens).

$1,100.00

Item Number: 95334

Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1894.

First edition, first state of Twain’s story about two boys. Octavo, original brown cloth, elaborate gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraved photographic portrait of Twain with facsimile signature, with marginal illustrations to nearly every page. In near fine condition.

“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). With frontispiece photographic portrait of Twain and copious marginal line-cut illustrations.

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