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[CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne, "Mark Twain"]. LELAND, Charles Godfrey. Legends of Florence. London: David Nutt, 1896.
8o. Original green cloth, decorated in green on front cover and spine, top edge gilt, others uncut (front hinge cracked, rear hinge weak); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: SAMUEL CLEMENS (inscription).
SAMUEL CLEMENS' COPY, INSCRIBED by him on the front free endpaper: "S.L. Clemens. Villa de Quarto Florence Xmas 1903. Given to me by Livy." Over the years Clemens and his family visited Florence on numerous occasions. He wrote about their two-week stay in 1878 in chapter 50 of A Tramp Abroad and more visits followed in 1892 and 1893. With the health of his wife Livy deteriorating, Clemens moved the family to a villa outside Florence in November 1903. This final stay was an unpleasant one for Clemens; Livy died in June 1904, their villa proved to be unsatisfactory, and their landlady was intolerable. [Laid-in:] Autograph letter signed to Clemens from his daughter Clara and an autograph note from his daughter Jean.
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