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Mark Twain
1874 MARK TWAIN SKETCHES First edition, first issue, scarce
1874. Authorized Edition. Number One. With illustrations by R. T. Speedy, New York: American News Company,n.d. ( 1874). Original light green wrappers decorated in black and green. First Edition, first issue. This is a collection of thirteen sketches by Twain, that he arranged to have printed in Hartford. The following year some of these reappeared in his much larger hard bound collection: MARK TWAIN'S SKETCHES NEW AND OLD. This earlier publication, a fragile, wrapped volume, is scarcer. The first issue, the one listed, has a decorated front cover and blank rear cover; the second issue has on its rear cover an Aetna Insurance ad that includes the date 1877. According to Blanck the wrapper is light blue, but this copy is definitely light green. This copy is very good+ with minimal chipping of right lower cover and minimal rubbing on left lower cover. There is an insignificant chip on top right front cover and slight rubbing on left front cover. A few corners of the pages at the right lower corner of the book have small folds. See photos. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Ervbun collectibles and books (holsteinrose) [Claremont, California, US]
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