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Clemens, Samuel L.]
1601] Being a fireside conversation in the tyme of the Goode Queene Bess in which divers persons of reknown hold converse on concerns personal and intimate. By Mark Twain
Done into a privately emprynted booke, [New York], 1926. "One hundred copies of this conversation have been printed for H.D.W./ of which this copy is no. 65" with Connett device A at fo ot of limitation leaf. Text within printed borders on paper watermarked Vidalon. Collation: blank leaf, half-title, title page (verso ". of which this is copy No. 34" [numbered in ink], Connett device A at foot), foreword (3 leaves, last verso blank), fly-title, text (6 leaves, last verso blank), blank leaf. 1 vols. 8vo. The Derrydale '1601' in Original Condition. The famed Fireside Conversation, written while Clemens found himself at an impasse during the composition of Huckleberry Finn. The work circulated privately - and gleefully acknowledged to his friends - but was never published during his lifetime. In the 1920s, the text gained new readers after the Grabhorn Press edition of 1925, with an introduction by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, who had prepared the 1882 edition for Clemens in the print shop at the U.S. Military Acadmy at West Point. One of the rarest of Connett's books, identifiable only by the small device at the foot of the limitation. Frazier notes that in a letter preserved at Harvard, Connett writes, in part, "I am sending you a copy of that most terrible but authentic masterpiece of Mark Twain's - '1601'. A boy will deliver it to your house tomorrow. I'm afraid to send it through the mail. I did a somewhat overpowering design for this book in the vain hope of overpowering the text but I find the text can't be overpowered - no how!" A note preserved in Connett's copy, sold … [Click Below for Full Description]
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