The Writings. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1929." /> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain"). <I>The Writings.</I> New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1929.|
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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    12 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 176

    CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain"). The Writings. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1929.

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    CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain"). The Writings. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1929.

    37 volumes, 8o. Illustrated. Contemporary blue half morocco ruled in gilt, spines gilt in five compartments gilt lettered in two, top edge gilt.

    LIMITED EDITION, number 75 of 90 sets of the "Memorial Edition" signed by the publisher in volume one.

    [Bound in to volume one:]

    CLEMENS, Samuel L. Autograph manuscript, unsigned, n.d. 1 page, 8vo, in pencil, numbered "23" at top center. A HOLOGRAPH LEAF FROM A HAWAIIAN STORY FROM THE 1880S. Twain visited the Islands on assignment for the Sacramento Daily Union in 1866, sending back detailed travel pieces that provided mainland Americans their first glimpse into Hawaiian culture. Some of those pieces were later incorporated into Roughing It. In this page he writes of a man stealing into "one of the King's other houses" and returning "with something concealed in a piece of tapa (native cloth)..." At the end of the page he mentions the Kileauea volcano. (37)


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