Clemens, Samuel Langhorne | A fine copy of Mark Twain's first book
The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches. By Mark Twain. Edited by John Paul. New York: C. H. Webb, 1867
In 12s (71 x 111 mm). Initial leaf of publisher's advertisement on yellow paper, numerous three-line decorative initials; a bit of light, scattered foxing at beginning. Publisher's green cloth over bevelled boards, frog device stamped vertically in center of covers (gilt on front, blind on rear), brown-coated endpapers, plain edges; slightest wear to corners. Blue cloth folding-case.
First edition, first issue, of Mark Twain's first book, with the inserted leaf of advertisements and unbroken type on pages 21, 66, and 198.
A fine copy in green cloth.
Mrs. James Insley Blair (Blairhame morocco label; Christie's New York, 14 December 2016, lot 197)
BAL 3310; Johnson, pp. 3–9; Streeter 5:2910; Wheat, California Gold Rush 43; Zamorano 80 17
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