A group of 5 works from Clemens's library and one complimentary work by fellow humorist and close friend William Wright (a.k.a. Dan De Quille) from Clemens's publisher Elisha Bliss.
Athenaeus of Naucratis (trans. C. D. Yonge). The Deipnosophists or Banquet of the Learned of Athenaeus. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1854. Vol. III only. Publisher's blue cloth blocked in blind; rebacked with original spine laid down, hinges reinforced. Inscribed on the half-title: "Sam'l L. Clemens | Hartford 1875." Provenance: Estelle Doheny (morocco ticket and sale, 1–2 February 1988, lot 466). Gribben 1:30 — Commines, Philippe de. Memoirs ... Containing the Histories of Louis XI and Charles VIII ... and of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1856. Vol. II only. Publisher's blue cloth blocked in blind, spine lettered gilt; hinges weak. Marginal comment in Clemens's hand on p. 35 ("Nowhere in this book, as far as I can remember, are the common people ever thought of), several emphatic sidebars in pencil. Provenance: Estelle Doheny (morocco ticket and sale, 1-2 February 1988, lot 466). Gribben I:156 — Coke, E. T. A Subaltern's Furlough: Descriptive of Scenes of ... the United States, Upper and Lower Canada, New-Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. New York: J. & J. Harper, 1833. Publisher's tan pebbled cloth, printed paper spine label; rebacked with original spine and label laid down. Clemens's marginal notes on pp. 78 and 153. Gribben I:151 —Conway, Moncure Daniel. The Wandering Jew. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1881. Publisher's maroon cloth, spine lettered gilt, brown coated endpapers; rebacked with original spine laid down, upper cover stained and faded along bottom.Clemens's marginal notes on p. 4 and elsewhere. Provenance: Mark Twain Library Auction, Hollywood, April 1951 (typed purchase note of A. J. Krechel affixed to flyleaf). — — Saadi, Musle-Huddeen. The Gulistan or Rose Garden. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865. Publisher's brick cloth, lettered gilt on upper cover and spine, beveled edges, top edge gilt, pale blue coated endpapers. Brown cloth chemise and morocco backed slipcase. Clemens's inscription on front free endpaper: "Saml L. Clemens | Hartford, 1875." Provenance: Sale, Anderson Auction Company, February 1911 (label signed by the literary executor, Albert Bigelow Paine). Gribben 2:597 — Wright, William (a.k.a. Dan De Quille). The Big Bonanza. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876. Half tan morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers and edges, spine lettered gilt; upper joint rubbed and starting. Inscribed on the flyleaf: "Compliments of E. Bliss Jr."
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