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The £1,000,000- Bank Note; and Other New Stories
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1893. First American Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Fine/None. Beard. Small 8vo, decorative tan buckram with gilt spine & cover lettering plus atop the front cover there is a radiating sun peeking through stylized clouds that illuminates a running wolf that trails a flier labeled "starvation" behind which a "£1,000,000" banknote flutters, frontispiece illustration by Dan Beard, 260 pages + 9 pages of ads for Charles L. Webster Company publications. Exceptional Condition! Bright externally and internally; square, solid, and tight; clean and fresh with only the slightest rubbing to the points of the covers. A very attractive copy! In this collection of amusing and original tales by Twain, the title story tells about two English brothers who had two one-million pound notes printed by the Bank of England in order to discover how an American would behave if he got one of these enormously valuable denominations? [Could this tale have provided the inspiration for the old TV-show called "The Millioinaire" where the set-up was to see how a person would behave if she or he unexpectedly received a million bucks?] The Charles Webster imprint slightly precedes the Chatto & Windus, First English Edition, though there is some dispute on this point. BAL 3436; McBride p.158.
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