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TWAIN, Mark.

The Prince and the Pauper....

A Tale for young people of all ages, with one hundred and ninety-two illustrations.

Availability: In stock

Published: Boston James R. Osgood and Company, 1882

Stock Code: 130674

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First US edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs A. W. Fairbanks, Fair Banks, Cleveland, Ohio. With the love of her good & dutiful adopted son, The Author. Hartford, Dec. 20, 1881". A highly significant association copy; the recipient, Mary Mason Fairbanks (1828-1898), was "by far the most influential non-family member in Sam Clemens's life" (Applebaum, University of Virginia). Fairbanks was an editor and correspondent for the Cleveland Herald, which was co-owned by her husband, Abel W. Fairbanks. Clemens met Fairbanks in June 1867 when they were fellow passengers aboard the steamer Quaker City on its five-and-a-half-month "pleasure excursion" to Europe and Palestine. Both were there as roving reporters; Clemens for the San Francisco Daily Alta, Fairbanks for the Cleveland Herald. Clemens assignments for this trip were edited by Fairbanks and compiled in The Innocents Abroad (1869). Fairbanks was "indispensable to the entire ship - a fluent French interpreter, a gracious hostess when the ship entertained royalty, and a ready conversationalist of wit and intelligence" (Saad and Saad, p. 16). Clemens and Fairbanks maintained a close correspondence upon their return, Clemens adopting the nickname 'Mother' for Fairbanks, with Fairbanks providing continued advice both on Clemens's writing (Clemens "destroyed or rejected manuscripts at Mrs Fairbank's suggestion") and his courtship of Olivia Langdon (Stahl, p. 56). Their close relationship continued until Fairbanks death in 1898. The London and Montreal editions of this work "were issued some days prior to the Boston edition" (BAL). In the B state binding, with true binder's endpapers at both front and back.

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Quarto. Original dark green cloth, neatly rebacked retaining the original spine, front cover and spine lettered and decorated in gilt, black and in blind, toned white endpapers. Housed in a custom black cloth slipcase.


Facsimile letter, facsimile coins and signature as frontispiece, illustrations in the text throughout.


Professionally furbished, tips consolidated, professional repair to a couple of marginal tears, reinforcement to edges of 42 pages. A couple of marks and slight rippling to cloth, slight marks to contents, edges browned; a very good copy.


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