Rare first edition of Twain's To The Person Sitting In Darkness
To The Person Sitting In Darkness.
Twain, Mark. (Samuel L. Clemens).$2,000.00
Item Number: 95338
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.
Mark Twain was 'an outspoken critic of American involvement in the Philippines and China', and "one of the mammoth figures in anti-imperialism, and certainly the foremost anti-imperialist literary figure", having become in January 1901 a vice president of the Anti-Imperialist League of New York. He published this satiric essay in an effort to express his anti-imperialist views pertaining to the Boxer Uprising and its aftermath, the Boer War, and the Philippine–American War (Harris, 142; Emerson, 257).
Other Books by this Author
“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.
“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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
"The herculean task of the United States Government today is to take care that its citizens have the necessities of life" Veto Message of PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT; SIGNED BY HIM
Veto message on the Adjusted Compensation Act, 1935: Address of the President of the United States in the House of Representatives, Delivered May 22, 1935.
Washington, D.C.: United States Government, 1935.
Speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Signed by Roosevelt at the conclusion of his speech. In near fine condition with light wear. Rare.
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen's Copy of On Economic Theory and Capitalism; With his Signature and Inscribed to Him
Oxford: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1955.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen’s copy with his name “A.K. Sen Trinity College Cambridge” on the half title page. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Sen, “For Amartiya With the confidence that he will plan the dynamic economy, of a socialist and peaceful India. With best wishes, Arif Cambridge 8 May 1955.” In very good condition.
"A pale horse seen a mile away at sunrise means the night is over": First edition of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe's Company; Signed by Him
London: Collins, 1982.
First edition of the third book in the Richard Sharpe series. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author who has added the first lines of this book as follows, “With all best wishes- A pale horse seen a mile away at sunrise means the night is over. Bernard Cornwell.”