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  • Mark Twain's celebrated works with handwritten page lead New York auction
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Mark Twain's celebrated works with handwritten page lead New York auction

New York's own National Book Auctions is shaping up to present another exciting auction in just a few weeks' time, with an impressive range on offer, as you'd expect. The catalogue features important books, artwork and ephemera.

Included are noted early Americana history titles, a collection of rare antique atlases, numerous decorative multiple-volume sets and a variety of other important first and early editions.

Then there are several Civil War-related items, an assortment of ephemera and magazines, Victorian lithographs, antique advertisements and original correspondence.

The overall highlight however is probably a 1929 Memorial Limited Edition set of The Writings of Mark Twain in 36 volumes, being number 56 of 90. What's more, there is an extra piece for Twain collectors to get excited about.

Decoratively bound in three-quarter crimson leather over light red cloth with five raised spine bands and gilt tooling in the compartments, this antique set is a scarce limited, memorial edition of the works of Mark Twain.

Mark Twain manuscript
A rare opportunity - the Mark Twain books and manuscript

It features a unique, original handwritten manuscript page from the Estate of Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in volume one. This set is hand-numbered 56 of 90 sets containing the manuscript material and signed by the publisher.

The work is illustrated with frontispiece portraits and occasional illustrations throughout. The volumes show mild external age/wear, with light shelf wear, and are solidly bound with clean, lightly age-toned pages, featuring gilded top edges.

The fold-out manuscript page has a small piece of tape along the top of the folded edge, where a tear was beginning along the fold. These volumes have a faint tobacco aroma. The books measure approximately 6" x 9".

A fantastic piece from one of America's most loved and celebrated writers, it is expected to bring $12,000-$15,000 in the September 11 sale in Ithaca, New York. A pamphlet signed and inscribed by the author is also available away from the sale.

 

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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