The Writings of Mark Twain; Finely Bound
The Writings of Mark Twain. (Including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Innocents Abroad; Life on the Mississippi; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; The Prince and the Pauper; A Tramp Abroad).
Twain, Mark. (Samuel L. Clemens).$8,500.00
Item Number: 95867
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1881.
The Author’s National Edition of the writings of Mark Twain. Octavo, 25 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece to each volume, illustrated. In fine condition.
"To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills).
Other Books by this Author
1905: The P. R. Warren Co, Boston, Massachusetts.
First edition, first issue of Twain’s work of political satire harshly condemning King Leopold’s rule over the Congo Free State. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth and chemise case with a second edition third printing of the pamphlet which contains the publisher’s later advisory, “The publishers desire to state that Mr. Clemens declines to accept any pecuniary return from this booklet, as it is his wish that all proceeds of sales above the cost of publication shall be used in furthering the effort for relief of the people of the Congo State. The P. R. Warren Company Boston, Mass., January 1, 1906.”
Hartford, Connecticut: American Publishing Company, 1872.
First edition, first state of Twain’s first semi-autobiographical work of travel literature, essentially a prequel to The Innocents Abroad, with the word “his” on line 21 and the advert present on page 592 (BAL 3337). Octavo, bound in the original publishers three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, fully illustrated by eminent artists. In near fine condition.
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.
“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
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.
New York: Anti-Imperialist League, 1901.
First edition of Twain’s satiric essay first published in the North American Review in February 1901. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Ownership signature to the front panel. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. Rare.
“You cannot surprise an individual more than twice with the same marvel": First Edition of Mark Twains Life On The Mississippi
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883.
First edition, first state of this provocative portrait of the great Mississippi River with tailpiece of Twain in flames on p. 441 and “The St. Louis Hotel” caption on p. 443. Octavo, original brown cloth, gilt titles and tooling the spine and front panel. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional example.
Rare First Edition of Edmond Halley's Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets
Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets.
London: Printed for William Innys, 1752.
First edition in English of Halley’s classic work. Quarto, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt embossed stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet on the front and rear panel, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. Edited by John Bevis. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
“AND THE DUST SUBSIDED, AND BEHOLD, THE JINNEE, WITH A DRAWN SWORD IN HIS HAND, HIS EYES CASTING FORTH SPARKS OF FIRE”: FINELY BOUND SET OF THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
London: Chatto & Windus, 1912.
Octavo, 3 volumes of The Thousand and One Nights. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, gilt topstain. Translated from the Arabic, with copious notes by Edward William Lane. Edited by his nephew Edward Stanley Poole. Illustrations from the designs of William Harvey. In near fine condition. An attractive set.
"China, with her five thousand years of history, her vast territory and her enormous population stands like a mountain peak among the nations of the world": Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea during the period of Japanese occupation
Japan: c. 1930.
First edition, oblong quarto, original boards. Gilt-lettered cloth, string-bound. Text in Japanese with captions in both Chinese and English. Illustrated with photographs throughout, large folding panorama of the Great Wall of China; folding map of Korea, Manchuria and portions of northeastern China. A unique record of history.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1918.
The autograph edition of the Works of Booth Tarkington. Octavo, 18 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt topstain. In fine condition. Signed by Booth Tarkington in volume one. A very nice set.