First Issue of "Connecticut Yankee"
TWAIN, Mark. Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurís Court. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company , 1889.
First edition, first issue, i.e. with the "s" ornament in the caption of the plate on page 59 that reads ďThe KingĒ, this ornament was later removed. And with no damage to the type on page 72. Square octavo (8 5/16 x 6 1/2 inches; 211 x 168 mm). [i]-xv, [1, blank], 17-575, [1, blank], [2, publisherís advertisements], [2, blank] pp. With frontispiece and numerous intertextual drawings and full-page drawings within the pagination.

Original publisher's olive green cloth. Front board pictorially stamped in blue, gilt, and black. Spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Floral patterned endpapers. Very minimal tip and spine extremity rubbing. Crease to lower right corner of twenty-five leaves with ensuing nick to outer margin, a few of these nicks professionally repaired. Bookplate of Charle Batchelor on front pastedown. Binding very slightly skewed. Otherwise, an excellent copy with text and binding extremely bright and clean.

"[In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Twain takes the opportunity to satirize the Old World, chivalry, kings and the church. Many of the Arthurian knights are depicted, as seen through the unimpressed eyes of a Yankee." (Benťt's Reader's Encyclopedia, 223).

BAL 3429. Johnson, Twain.

HBS # 67879 $3,000