PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain", 1835-1910). The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Stories. Edited by John Paul [Charles Henry Webb]. New York: John A. Gray & Green for C.H. Webb, 1867.
12°. One-page publisher's advertisement at front. (Some very occasional pale spotting.) Original brown beveled patterned cloth, with frog at center in gilt on front cover, and same position in blind on back cover, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine, brown coated endpaper (some wear at spine ends, hinges cracked); cloth slipcase. Provenance: H. Bane, Salt Lake City (ownership inscriptions on flyleaf dated 1880); O. Hollister (pencil signature on free endpaper); with Philip C. Duschnes; Raymond Epstein (his sale Swann Galleries, 22 April 1992, lot 466); Carol G. and William E. Simon (bookplate);
FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, FIRST ISSUE, with the leaf of ads and unbroken type on pages 21, 66 and 198. The patterned cloth with rows of small rectangles is a variant from the pebble-grained cloth referenced in BAL 3310 (the Manney copy is this same variant cloth). Johnson Mark Twain 3; Zamarano 80 17.