CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. (=TWAIN, MARK). The Writings of Mark Twain
. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1899 [-1907]. One of 1,000 sets of the Edition De Luxe, this copy 446, with a letter at the front of the first volume by Clemens, dated March 2, 1902. Twenty-five volumes, bound in three-quarters blue morocco, cloth sides, top edges gilt. 8 x 5 1/2 inches (20.5 x 14.5 cm); frontispieces, plates. Some wear and minor scuffing, the first volume with rubbing to the front joint, though generally an attractive set.
The title page monogram was designed by Tiffany and Company and was engraved by Bicknell. The letter by Twain, on mourning stationary, is a rather testy (though amusing) note on his Riverdale-on-the-Hudson letterhead, regarding the correct form of his address; the recipient, one "Mr. Chambers," appears to have shipped a book to Twain's Riverdale address that failed to arrive. BAL 3456.
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