[Mark Twain]. Albert Bigelow Paine, editor. Mark Twain's Letters. Arranged with Comment by Albert Bigelow Paine. Two Volumes. Vol. I [Vol. II]. Illustrated. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers. [November 1917].

    First edition, first issue. Two octavo volumes. 437 [438]; 439 - 855 [856] pages. [2, publisher's ads on the verso of the half-title pages of both volumes]. Seven illustrated plates including the frontispiece and six additional illustrations in Volume I. Nine illustrated plates including the frontispiece and five additional illustrations throughout the text in Volume II. Index at the conclusion of Volume II.

    Publisher's red cloth covers with the spines lettered and ruled in gilt. Top edges gilt. Previous owner's bookplates affixed to the front pastedown endpapers. Very light rubbing to the covers, insignificant bumping to the corners and heads and feet of the spines, slightly sunned spines, small tear and fraying to the head of Volume II, slight cracking to the hinges of the Volume I. Altogether a very good copy.

    The L - R on the copyright page signifies printing in November 1917. The spine displays Mark Twains' Letters..., and there are no tissue papers, both notes signifying a trade edition. Albert Bigelow Paine (1861 - 1937) is best known for this work with Mark Twain, as his official biographer and literary executor.

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