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TWAIN, Mark.

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. 98665

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    Rare first American edition, first printing, first state, of one of the universally recognized masterpieces of American literature, Twains irrepressible and unforgettable true boys book.The first novel Mark Twain wrote without a co-author, Tom Sawyer is also his most clearly autobiographical Enlivened by extraordinary and melodramatic events, it is otherwise a realistic depiction of the experiences, people and places that Mark Twain knew as a child (Rasmussen, 459). Learn More
    £20,000

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: Hartford:

    Stock Code: 98665

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  2. Life on the Mississippi.

    Life on the Mississippi.

    With more than 300 illustrations. Sold by Subscription Only.
    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, as well as his life on the river as a steamboat pilot. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1883

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 95583

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  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).
    First edition, first issue. With publisher's catalogue dated Oct 1884. The English edition precedes the American first edition. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published:

    Stock Code: 115501

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  4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) ...
    signed

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) ...

    With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations.
    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 several times. He acted for Clemens in the highly publicised lawsuit over the dramatisation of the Prince and the Pauper by Abby Sage Richardson. Learn More
    £9,500

    Date of Publication: 1885

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 110564

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) ...
    signed

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) ...

    With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations.
    First American edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the preliminary blank, "To Major J. B. Pond With the affections of Mark Twain Feb. 21/85", and further extensively inscribed by Pond ("This is the first copy that the author ever set his eyes on …") Major James Burton Pond (1838-1903) became a lecture manager after a distinguished career in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Learn More
    £150,000

    Date of Publication: 1885

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107596

    Signed: Yes

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  6. The American Claimant.
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    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 Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889): he was so convinced of the artist's talent that he gave him free rein to interpret the text as he pleased. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1892

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 112521

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson.

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson.

    And the Comedy [of] Those Extraordinary Twins.
    First US edition, first printing, with the text block measuring 1 and 1/8 inches and the title leaf conjugate with <1>3. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: Hartford, CT

    Stock Code: 96031

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  8. More Tramps Abroad.

    More Tramps Abroad.

    First UK edition, first impression with September 1897 ads. This book was titled Following the Equator in the US. It is possible this was issued before the US edition as the records are unclear. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1897

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    Stock Code: 50324

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  9. The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg

    The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg

    and Other Stories and Sketches.
    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 [19]00". A reprint of the American edition except for the addition of two pieces - "Christian science and the Book of Mrs Eddy" and "Diplomatic Pay and Clothes" - omitted from the American edition. At the time of the presentation inscription, Twain was was the guest of newspaper proprietor Hugh Gilzean-Reid at Dollis Hill House in North London. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published:  

    Stock Code: 17752

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  10. A Double Barrelled Detective Story.
    £525

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 103380

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  11. A Horse's Tale.

    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

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 100107

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  12. Autographed photograph, black and white half length portrait of Mark Twain.
    signed

    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
    £6,750

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published:

    Stock Code: 42959

    Signed: Yes

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  13. The Works.

    The Works.

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

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 111591

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  14. The Complete Writings.
    signed

    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 completed. This set includes the extra two volumes of Autobiography. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107494

    Signed: Yes

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  15. The Works.
    signed

    The Works.

    The Definitive Edition.
    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 on Mark Twain. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 99359

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Complete Writings.
    signed

    The Complete Writings.

    [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.]
    The Stormfield edition. Limited to 1024 numbered sets with a card signed by Twain tipped onto the limitation page. "It was Mark Twain's most cherished desire that a definitive and complete edition of his entire literary output be published." The Stormfield is a fine reprint of the Definitive Edition of 1922, and this set is very handsomely bound. Learn More
    £6,750

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published:

    Stock Code: 68661

    Signed: Yes

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  17. The Writings.

    The Writings.

    Memorial edition. Limited to 90 sets with a page of original manuscript material bound in. Signed by the publisher. Learn More
    £25,000

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published:

    Stock Code: 61912

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  18. Slovenly Peter.

    Slovenly Peter.

    Der Struwwelpeter. Translated into English jingles from the original German of Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann by Mark Twain with Dr. Hoffmann’s illustrations, adapted from the rare first edition by Fritz Kredel.
    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 family was staying in Berlin in 1891 during their European tour. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 92163

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