Thursday, February 20, 2014

Treasures We're Bringing: Amazing Mark Twain

From Blind Horse Books, Key Largo:
Here are three amazing volumes by Mark Twain

 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens] A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1889. FIRST EDITION Mixed state: no "s"- like ornament in caption p.59 but with perfect type on p.72.  No half title on fly leaf. Rarely seen in this binding. Publisher’s brown half morocco over brown pebbled cloth. Marbled text-block and end-papers. Former owner name stamped to margin of one text page (p.47), Edges/corners with light wear, small breaks on three corner tips, else a very bright and clean copy. Pages evenly toned.  575 pp, 2 pp. adv. FIRST EDITION Mixed state: no "s"-like ornament in caption p.59 but with perfect type on p.72.  No half title on fly leaf. Publisher’s stamp on lower rear end-page indicating book was for subscribers.

Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens] Roughing It and The Innocents at Home. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1882. First British edition, first printing. 12mo. 7 3/8 in tall. [xvi, 495 pages.] Contemporary half leather with light rubbing to extremities. Joints and hinges sound. Bindings tight and Square. 200 Illustrations by F. A. Fraser.

 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens] Twain, Mark. [Samuel Clemens]. Tom Sawyer Abroad by Huck Finn . New York: Charles Webster & Company, 1894. First edition. Octavo. 219 pages, [4] publisher's catalog pages. Illustrations by Dan Beard. Publisher's original pictorial tan cloth with titles stamped in gilt and featuring a scene of two young boys running from a lion. Boards with modest shelf wear and some soiling. Spine toned. Wear showing to corners with a slight bump to top front corner. Contents clean. Former owner's bookplate mounted to the front pastedown. In a chemise and custom half-leather slipcase.

TREASURES WE'RE BRINGING: This is a series that reveals some of the special books dealers will be bringing to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. Watch for more coming soon.

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