Publisher's three quarter brown morocco over polished brown cloth boards. Spines decoratively stamped in gilt, tooled in compartments with two raised bands, top edges gilt, others uncut. The first twelve volumes are a slightly lighter color than the rest.
A magnificent set of this fine and rare edition of Twain, complete with the Biography (volumes 30-33) and Letters (volumes 34 & 35) edited by Paine, and the Autobiography (volumes 36 & 37). With a letter and manuscript page tipped-in volume I.
TWAIN, Mark (1835-1910). Autograph Letter Signed “S.L. Clemens” and initialed “SLC.” Kaltenleutgeben: July 26, 98 (Twain and his family had a villa in this Austrian town in 1898). Written in black ink. Two twelvemo pages on one octavo leaf, second half of leaf with paper repairs (not interfering with text), usual fold lines, red ink marking on first page, not interfering with text.
“Dear CA[?]W: Please send me [crossed-out word] your new Stevenson book, for Mrs. Clemens - cheap edition. I mean the book about - about- I think it’s poetry. (“Black & White?”)
And I’d like to have the cheap edition of “Spiritual Tales” (is that it?)[superscript: “Except vol. 1 - I have that] by Mrs. or Miss Macleod. [superscript: “Edinburgh”] They are located in the isle of Iona, I think. Sincerely Yours S.L. Clemens
[flourish] OVER Why don’t you have Bliss [five words crossed out] send you some Ameri-can copies of my last book? Wouldn’t the illustrations sell there? Or would the title [crossed-out word] interfere awkwardly? SLC”
TWAIN, Mark. One page manuscript [N.p., n.d., ca. 1880]. One octavo leaf, verso only, entitled “Readings.” Written in blue ink. Seventeen lines of short titles for stories or sketches to be read at one of Twain’s public readings. Fine.
HBS # 67709 $37,500