492
492
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
492
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Clemens, Samuel L.

A group of correspondence with his publisher James R. Osgood of Boston. 

Autograph letter signed ("Mark"), one page, Hartford, 20 February n.y., informing Osgood that his trip to Boston has been cancelled for reasons too complicated to explain on paper and that he is sorry to miss Osgood's dinner party; light toning. — Autograph letter signed ("SL Clemens"), 2 pages, Hartford, 6 April 1883, reporting that George Washington Cable and Parson Jones "scored a rattling victory" at the Young Girls' Club and that Mrs. Clemens has "fallen away to skin & bone"; browned short fold separation on second leaf, pinholes in upper left corner. — Autograph letter signed ("E. L. Osgood"), 2 pages, Hartford, 14 December 1886, to Clemens, explaining the delay of sending a set of books to a Mr. Smith and that he will soon be by to teach Clemens how to play billiards; light marginal staining to first leaf, corner glue mounts on verso of second leaf. — Autograph letter signed ("SL Clemens"), 2 pages, 15 December 1886, to a Mr. Smith, enclosing Osgood's letter and snarling about the late delivery: "It appears that he was in Hartford yesterday, but had better judgment than to venture unprotected out to my house; he divined correctly that I would kill him with a billiard cue int he midst of his first lesson. ... If the book should fail again ... let me know, because in that case it is my purpose to go out & kill all persons of the name of Osgood"; remnants of glue mounts on verso of first page, smal rust spot on second page.  provenance: Nick Karanovich (sale, Sotheby's, 19 June 2003, lot 61).


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Catalogue Note

Osgood's whose stable of authors included Aldrich, Emerson, Holmes, Howells, Longfellow, Stowe, and Whittier, as well as British writers Browning, Dickens, Scott, and Tennyson. Osgood first approached Clemens in 1872 but the latter was still contractually obligated to Elisha Bliss. In 1877 Osgood finally published a small work, A True Story, followed by The Prince and the Pauper, The Stolen White Elephant, and Life on the Mississippi.  While he was personally liked by his authors, he ran his business poorly. Sales of Mississippi were so disappointing that Clemens never published with Osgood again.  

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