The Writings.Hartford, Conn.,: American Publishing Company, 1901-7 Stock Code: 136939
With an original Mark Twain manuscript leafRiverdale Edition, number 482 of 625 sets only, here with an original holograph leaf by Mark Twain, comprising eighteen lines (circa eighty words) from A Tramp Abroad with one emendation, written in purple ink on one side, and tipped-in to volume I. The original manuscript of A Tramp Abroad and of The Gilded Age were both split up by Twain's publisher, The American Publishing Company, some pages inserted into special editions of Twain's works as here, others sold as individuals chapters to collectors (See The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain, p. 487). The text of the manuscript passage is printed in this set in vol. IV pp. 79-80, and recounts Twain's unsuccessful attempt to recover a straw hat blown over the edge of a cliff.
The Riverdale Edition of Twain's work was originally 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.
25 volumes, octavo (206 x 138 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Eleven volumes with hand-coloured frontispieces and 84 further full-page monochrome illustrations with captioned tissues printed in red.
Expertly refurbished, a couple of volumes unevenly darkened, contents clean and fresh. A most handsome set.
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