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Prince and the Pauper - TWAIN Mark - 1882. [1277316]
1882 - TWAIN, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper, A Tale for Young People of All Ages. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882. Octavo, original three-quarter brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, marbled boards, endpapers, and edges. $3200.First American edition, first issue, second state, of "the best book for young folks that was ever written," (Harriet Beecher Stowe), in original three-quarter morocco binding.Thought by his family and many of his friends to be his best work, The Prince and the Pauper represented a risky departure for Twain in his attempt to write a serious and thoughtful adventure story for children. He considered publishing the book anonymously, as he feared that his reputation as a humorist would hurt its chances with the public, but finally decided to put his name to it, "and let it help me or hurt me as the fates shall direct." "The Prince and the Pauper was to be an act of culture. He had no hesitation, as he had had with Tom Sawyer, over whether this was a book for children or for grownups. From the very start he knew that he was writing for children" (Kaplan, 238, 248). According to Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe once told him, "I am reading your Prince and the Pauper for the fourth time". And I know it is the best book for young folks that was ever written" (Kaplan, 240). First issue, second state, with Franklin Press imprint on copyright page and "estate" changed to "state" on page 124, line 1. BAL 3402. Johnson, 40. MacDonnell, 44-45. McBride, 70. Owner signature.Interior quite clean, mild rubbing to boards. A near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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