TWAIN, MARK [CLEMENS, SAMUEL] The Writings.
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1899-1907. The Autograph Edition, number 128 of 512 copies signed as both Twain and Clemens and with two manuscript leaves from The Gilded Age inserted (the first by Twain, the second by Charles Dudley Warner; adorned with original watercolor illustrations at several chapter headings, volume X signed by Charles Dudley Warner. 25 volumes, finely bound in the Art Nouveau style by The Ave Bindery in full purple morocco gilt, the covers panelled in a floral motif inlaid with red morocco, the spines tooled and lettered in gilt with a similar floral design, floral decorated turn-ins and red morocco doublures, red watered slip endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (21 x 14 cm); plates. The spines uniformly faded, else fine, ex-libris of Charles and Margaret Dyson to blanks.
This magnificent set of the writings of Mark Twain is finely bound and features original watercolor illustrations. The set also includes two manuscript leaves from the 1873 novel, The Golden Age. Twain and Warner jointly wrote this, which was the only author collaboration in which Twain participated. The title of the work gave the era of American life in which it was published, so renowned for its materialism, its sobriquet. The first leaf, by Twain, is from Chapter 51 and begins: "Well, about two weeks, generally ... So Congress always lies helpless in quarantine ten weeks of a session. That's encouraging. Colonel, poor Laura will never get any benefit from our bill. Her trial will be over before Congress has half purified itself.--And doesn't it occur to you that by the time it has expelled all its impure members there, may not be enough members left to do business legally? ..." The second leaf, by Warner, is from the start of chapter 54: "The case of the State of New York against Laura Hawkins was finally set down for trial on the 15th day of February, less than a year after the shooting of George Selby..."
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