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Clemens, Samuel Langhorne | A bright copy of the first edition of The Prince and the Pauper, Clemens's first historical novel

The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne | A bright copy of the first edition of The Prince and the Pauper, Clemens's first historical novel

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne | A bright copy of the first edition of The Prince and the Pauper, Clemens's first historical novel

The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman


Clemens, Samuel Langhorne

The Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Ages. By Mark Twain. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1882


In 8s (213 x 165 mm). Facsimile holograph and wood-engraved frontispiece, Franklin Press imprint on verso of title-page, numerous text illustrations, chapter vignettes. Publisher's pictorial green cloth (BAL state A), stamped in gilt and black, plain endpapers and edges; very slightest rubbing to extremities. Half green morocco slipcase, chemise.


A superb, virtually flawless copy of the first American edition, corrected state of text. The Prince and the Pauper—the first of Clemens's historical novels—exemplifies the author's later claim, "I have never written a book for boys; I write for grown-ups who have been boys." The story was inspired by Charlotte Yonge's Little Duke, which Clemens found in his sister-in-law's library at Quarry Farm.


PROVENANCE

Hezekiah Conant (armorial bookplate) — Nick Karanovich (Sotheby’s New York, 19 June 2003, lot 51)


REFERENCE

BAL 3402; Johnson, pp. 39–41

Condition as described in catalogue entry.


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