One of Only Fifteen State Proofs, In a Delightful Deluxe Binding

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Mark Twain. The Jumping Frog. [Easthampton, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1985.

    One of 15 state proofs, of which this is number XII. This set includes a deluxe leather binding by Daniel E. Kelm, signed by Kelm and Alan James Robinson, boxed with a complete suite of wood engravings, a state-proof suite of prints, and a copy of the regular edition of the book in wraps, all of which are signed by Alan James Robinson. Book printed by Wild Carrot Letterpress. The fifteen wood engravings printed by Harold McGrath. Centaur and Arrighi types set by Mackenzie-Harris. Octavo. Unpaginated. Illustrations by Alan James Robinson.

    Full tan leather binding by Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide-Awake Garage, with four delightful multi-colored inlaid leather frogs, one on each of the covers and each of the doublures. All other materials are laid into three separate paper wrappers and enclosed together in a chemise. All housed in a special cloth-covered tray case with metal clasp. Fine.

    The Cheloniidae edition of the Jumping Frog is from "Mark Twain's Sketches, New and Old," as it was first published in complete form in 1875 by the American Publishing Co. It contains three versions of this notorious and celebrated tale: the original version, the version translated into French (inadequately so, according to Twain), and, lastly, the version "restored to the English after martyrdom in the French" by an exasperated Twain. The afterword, "The Private Printing of the 'Jumping Frog' Story," by Samuel Clemens, first appeared in the North American Review in 1894. Twain describes this arduous process thusly: "In English, then in French. Then clawed back into a civilized language once more by patient, unremunerated toil." A beautiful copy of a literary classic.

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