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Mark Twain

Rare books by Mark Twain, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Mark Twain (1835–1910) was the pen name of Samuel Clemens, a journalist and the author of numerous short stories and novels set in the American south. His first great success was the story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, published in The Saturday Press on November 18, 1865. 

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  1. 70562
    First edition, published on 9 June, thus preceding the first American edition that appeared in mid-December by some six months. Twain chose to have the book published first in London to ensure copyright and perhaps also because he was more highly esteemed in Britain than at home. Oxford conferred an honorary doctorate on... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 70562

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  2. 1
    First US edition, in the very scarce publisher's calf. This copy in intermediate state "A" with the first state illustrated tail-piece on page 441, but the caption on page 443 corrected to "The St Charles Hotel". Clemens's classic anecdotal travel narrative, which contains an autobiographical account of his childhood experiences,... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 95583

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  3. 1
    First edition, first issue, with publisher's catalogue dated October 1884. The English edition precedes the American first edition. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 115501

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  4. 1
    First US edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the publishers to Daniel Whitford, Clemens's lawyer: "To Daniel Whitford, with regards of the publisher, Chas. L. Webster. New York, February 21st, 1885." Daniel Whitford, attorney for New York firm Alexander & Green, acted for Webster & Company and was also retained by Clemens... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 110564

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  5. 116712
    First US edition, first printing. Only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57, 11 lines from the bottom the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides"... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 116712

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  6. 121886
    A handsomely bound copy of Twain's classic, first published in 1876. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 121886

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  7. The American Claimant.
    First edition, the illustrator's personal copy, expansively inscribed by him "Dan Beard [indicating arrow] His mark" on the front pastedown. The American Claimant was the second Twain novel illustrated by Beard. Twain first noticed Beard's drawings in Cosmopolitan magazine and eagerly commissioned him to illustrate A Connecticut... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 112521

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  8. 117361
    First US edition, first state, with the text block measuring 11/8 inches and the title leaf conjugate, not tipped in, and Twain’s facsimile signature to the frontispiece. It was originally published in the UK the same year. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 117361

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  9. 123582
    First US edition, first state, with the text block measuring 1 1/8 inches and the title leaf conjugate, not tipped in, and Twain's facsimile signature to the frontispiece. It was originally published in the UK the same year. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 123582

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  10. 118605
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1896, this is the sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894). Uncommon in the original binding, especially in this condition. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 118605

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  11. 117374comp
    First UK edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Miss Mildred Williamson with the Compliments of Mark Twain Oct. 5 1900". This UK edition is enlarged with two new pieces - "Christian Science and the Book of Mrs Eddy" and "Diplomatic Pay and Clothes" omitted from the American edition. Twain... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 117374

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  12. A Double Barrelled Detective Story.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 103380

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  13. 117778detail

    The Writings.

    Hartford, Conn.,: 1901-7

    The Riverdale edition, limited to 625 numbered copies signed by the author of which this is number 333. Originally it was published in 22 volumes, volume 23 was added in 1903 and volumes 24 and 25 were added by Harper and Brothers in 1906 and 1907. A particularly lavish set. Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 117778

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  14. 119902

    The Writings.

    New York: 1906-7

    A complete set of the first Hillcrest edition, a supplementary 25th volume was added later in 1907. This edition was the second uniform collection of Twain's works to be published, the first such collected edition being the Underwood/Riverdale edition of 1901. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 119902

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  15. A Horse's Tale.
    First edition in book form, first printing. The story was originally published in two instalments by Harper's Magazine in 1906. Clemens's own daughter, Susy Clemens, who died in 1896 at the age of 24 from meningitis, is understood to be the inspiration for the main character Cathy Alison. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 100107

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  16. Autographed photograph, black and white half length portrait of Mark Twain.
    Inscribed above and beneath the image by the author "To Mrs. F. B. Rice with the best wishes of Mark Twain" and dated "Feb. 20 / 08". Signed and dated by the photographer lower left. Mrs. Rice was a Bostonian socialite. Learn More

    Regular Price: £6,750

    Special Price £5,063

    Stock Code: 42959

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    The Works.

    New York: 1911

    The Author's national edition. The complete collected works of Twain very handsomely bound in full burgundy morocco. Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 111591

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  18. The Works.

    The Works.

    New York: 1922

    Signed limited edition, attractively bound. This is set number 325 out of 1024 copies, signed by Twain on the second blank; together with a statement that the leaves were signed by him in 1906 in anticipation of the present definitive edition, and further signed by Albert Bigelow Paine, the biographer noted for his work... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 99359

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  19. The Complete Writings.
    The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1024 sets only of which this is 423. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive collected edition and so put his autograph to 1024 single leaves in 1906. These were not recovered until long after his death, when the project could finally be... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 107494

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    Memorial edition. Limited to 90 sets with a page of original manuscript material bound in. Signed by the publisher. Learn More

    Regular Price: £25,000

    Special Price £18,750

    Stock Code: 61912

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  21. Slovenly Peter.
    Limited edition, number 962 of 1,500 copies, preceding the first trade edition by Harper & Brothers, which was published in the same year. In her foreword Mark Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, recounts how her father spent three days and three nights translating Struwwelpeter as a Christmas gift for his children while the... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 92163

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