1 pages, 8vo, on pages 1 and 3 of a four-page sheet, Clemens' "SLC" monogram on page 1, blank lower portion of second leaf cut away. "A PERFECT FEAST OF QUEER LITERATURE." Apparently the earliest recorded letter of the author to Barnum, recording Clemens' enthusiastic reaction to read of the unsolicited letters received by the showman: "It is an admirable lot of letters. Headless mice, four-legged hens, human-handed sacred bulls, 'professional Gypsies,' ditto 'Sacasians,' deformed human beings anxious to trade on their horrors, school-teachers who can't spell,--it is a perfect feast of queer literature! Again I beseech you, don't burn a single specimen, but remember that all are wanted & possess value in the eyes of your friend Saml. L. Clemens." " /> CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE ("Mark Twain"). Autograph letter signed ("Saml. L. Clemens") TO THE SHOWMAN, PHINEAS T. BARNUM ("My Dear Barnum"), Hartford, Connecticut, 19 Febraury [1874]. <I>1 pages, 8vo, on pages 1 and 3 of a four-page sheet, Clemens' "SLC" monogram on page 1, blank lower portion of second leaf cut away.</I> "A PERFECT FEAST OF QUEER LITERATURE." Apparently the earliest recorded letter of the author to Barnum, recording Clemens' enthusiastic reaction to read of the unsolicited letters received by the showman: "It is an admirable lot of letters. Headless mice, four-legged hens, human-handed sacred bulls, 'professional Gypsies,' ditto 'Sacasians,' deformed human beings anxious to trade on their horrors, school-teachers who can't spell,--it is a perfect feast of queer literature! Again I beseech you, don't burn a single specimen, but remember that <I>all</I> are wanted & possess value in the eyes of your friend Saml. L. Clemens." | Christie's