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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    CLEMENS, Samuel L. ("Mark TWAIN", 1835-1910). Portrait photograph signed (on the image, 'Mark Twain'), 6 July 1907, the photograph a splendid head and shoulders image of the septuagenarian author by Ernest H. Mills of Hampstead, 192 x 140mm (pencil numbering '1184' on verso), set in a mount bearing printed inscription 'Mark Twain From his Brother Savages July 6th [19]07' and printed signatures of more than 200 members of the Savage Club, 360 x 284mm (some silvering to corners of image, some browning and light wear to mount).

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    CLEMENS, Samuel L. ("Mark TWAIN", 1835-1910). Portrait photograph signed (on the image, 'Mark Twain'), 6 July 1907, the photograph a splendid head and shoulders image of the septuagenarian author by Ernest H. Mills of Hampstead, 192 x 140mm (pencil numbering '1184' on verso), set in a mount bearing printed inscription 'Mark Twain From his Brother Savages July 6th [19]07' and printed signatures of more than 200 members of the Savage Club, 360 x 284mm (some silvering to corners of image, some browning and light wear to mount).

    'THE BEST [PORTRAIT] I HAVE HAD'. Twain was presented with the original signed copy of the photograph at the dinner itself, and his speech on the occasion opened with his appreciation of the gift: 'I am very glad indeed to have that portrait ... This is the best I have had, and I am glad to have your honored names on it'. This visit to England was also the occasion of Twain's receiving a D.Litt. at Oxford University.


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