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    Samuel Clemens Autograph Letter Signed. Great associative content ALS "Mark" on Chatto and Windus letterhead, one page, 5" x 8", London, June 2, 1899. Penned in full, "Dear MacAllister - Yes, I'm for the Savage supper. Let us make it Friday the 9th. Can Chatto and Spalding come - or is that inadvisable? Let me know. Mrs. Clemens & our obstructions will be glad to see you & your wife any time you will come. Yours ever Mark ". Accompanied by the original envelope addressed in his hand. Clemens is making reference, no doubt, to dining at the noted Savage Club in London. Clemens was introduced to the club by the recipient of this letter, J.Y.M. MacAllister, and was elected a life member in 1897. English publisher Andrew Chatto, began a long personal and professional relationship with the author when he approached him about revising the contents of the unauthorized Choice Humorous Works of Mark Twain, which had been published by James Camden Hotten, whose publishing house Chatto had purchased. Unlike Hotten, Chatto proposed formal publishing arrangements, with rights and royalties. Clemens was so impressed with Chatto that in 1876 he broke ties with English publishers, George Routledge and Sons, to publish Tom Sawyer with Chatto and Windus. Chatto went on to publish the English editions of nearly all of Clemens' books. Light soiling, otherwise near fine condition.


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