CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain"). The Writings. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1899-1907.
25 volumes, 8o. Illustrated. Red morocco gilt,blue morocco doublures, spines gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut (some minor rubbing along joints, rear cover detached in volume 21).
LIMITED EDITION, number 206 of 512 sets of the "Autograph Edition" signed by Twain in volume one.
[Bound in to Volume one:] CLEMENS. Original autograph manuscript page from The Gilded Age (1873), one page, 8o (203 x 129 mm), in ink on lined stationery comprising 22 lines, with several deletions and word substitutions, paginated "51" on top. The text records Uncle Daniel and the traveling party's encounter with an apparition, which appears in Chapter 3 in the novel. The traveling party has stopped in the evening to rest and behold the Mississippi when they notice a coughing noise, fire and an eye rising from behind a wooded cape in the distance. -- WARNER, Charles Dudley. Original autograph manuscript page from The Gilded Age (1873), one page, 8o (204 x 131 mm), in ink on lined stationary comprising 20 lines, with several deletions and substitions, paginated "447" on top. The text describes Laura's passion for Colonel Selby and his coarse nature, discovered after their marriage, which appears in Chapter 18 in the novel.
The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (Hartford, 1872) was a collaborative attempt by Twain and Charles Dudley Warner to write a "Contemporary" novel. The first novel either author attempted and their only collaboration, it was completed in just three months. "With their plots staked out, Clemens and Warner began working like tunnel crews boring from opposite sides of the mountain. In general, as [Twain] liked to say, he contributed the fact and Warner the fiction" (Justin Kaplan, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain, 1966, p. 160). (25)