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508
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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508
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Clemens, Samuel L.

Autograph note signed ("Mark Twain"), with a cut signature of S. L. Clemens affixed to the bottom margin, one page (6 1/8 x 4 in.; 156 x 99 mm), Munich, 2 July 1893, to an unknown recipient (? Livy Clemens) containing a new twist on the old adage of putting all one's eggs in one basket; light soiling and spotting, evidence of 6 glue mounts on verso. Together with: a Charles L. Webster envelope addressed to Mrs. Clemens care of Drexel Haries & Co., Paris and subsequently the Hotel Bristot Hombourg (in red ink in another hand), with postmarks New York, 23 and 26 September; Paris 5 October 1893 and Drexel Haries, 5 October, Homburg, and R. Taitbout October 1893; opened and frayed along left margin, short split along right margin, light soiling.  — Autograph letter signed in purple ink  ("Mark Twain"), one page bifolium on the stationery of the Grand Hotel des Iles Britanniques (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.; 220 x 138 mm), La Bourboule-les-Bains, 4 July 1894, to a Miss Bronson, with advice on how to live her life. Together with: A Hotel des Iles Britanniques envelope on addressed to Miss Bronson in care of Jean Clemens; envelope soiled browned and frayed along top margin.


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Catalogue Note

Two quotable aphorisms by Clemens. In the note of 2 July 1893, Clemens puts an amusing spin on Andrew Carnegie's well-known maxim about the eggs and the basket: "Behold, the would-be wise man hath said 'Put not all thine eggs in the one basket' — the which is a manner of saying 'Scatter your money & your attention;' but the truly wise man saith 'Put all thine eggs in the one basket and — watch that basket." In the note to Miss Bronson dated 4 July 1894, he advises her to "Endeavor to so live that when you come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."

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