A fine group of letters to his publisher, Henry Harper, and Frederick Duneka, the Secretary of the company, regarding Joan of and "A Californian's Tale."
Autograph letter signed ("SL Clemens"), 2 pages, Vancouver, 17 August 1895, to Henry Harper, instructing him to include his name on the title-page of Joan of Arc in order to keep his name alive in print while he embarks on his Australian lecture tour. — Autograph letter signed ("SL Clemens"), 2 pages, Victoria, British Columbia, 21 August 1895, to Henry Harper, informing him that Livy was troubled that Clemens wanted his nom de plume on the title-page of Joan of Arc. The title-page attributes the work to "Sieur Louis de Conte" and the translation to Jean François Alden; it is needless to comment that these are pseudonyms for Samuel L. Clemens. On the binding the authorship is ascribed to Mark Twain. — Autograph letter signed ("Mark"), 2 pages on Grosvenor Hotel stationery (the imprint crossed out and replaced by Clemens's 21 Fifth Avenue address), New York, 3 December n.y. [?1896], to Frederick Duneka, reporting that he has received nothing but complimentary letters from Catholics regarding Joan of Arc and is proud to have pleased "both sides" as he had never done before. Duneka himself was a fervent Catholic; light soiling. — Autograph letter signed ("SL Clemens"), 2 pages, Guildford, England, 7 August 1896, to Henry Harper, asking him to publish "A Californian's Tale," in Harper's Monthly, explaining that he "interred" it in Liber Scriptorum published in 1893 (see lot 512), with a 1 1/4 page postscript marked "Private," n.p., n.d. (but ca. 8 September 1896), reconsidering that the "interment" did constitute publication which would render his request moot. Clemens adds: "If my notion is a foolish whim, have charity for it. My daughter is dead three weeks, & my head is worn out as well as my heart." — Autograph letter signed ("SL Clemens"), 2 pages on mourning stationery, Hotel Metropole, Vienna, 13 October 1897, to Henry Harper, requesting a specially bound presentation copy of Joan of Arc be sent to Queen Victoria's granddaughter. — Autograph note signed ("SL. Clemens") on a postcard, New York, 2 April , to Henry Harper, expecting to see him at his home, where he is laid up with rheumatism, the following day; browned and stained. — Autograph letter signed ("S. L. Clemens"), one page, Riverdale, 15 June 1903, instructing him not to consider any proposition from the American Publishing Company until Clemens has a chance to speak to Duneka at length; browned, mat burn.
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