Rare Issue of Beadle's Dime Speaker Series Featuring a Story by Mark Twain

    [Mark Twain]. "Mark Twain's Good Little Boy," in Beadle's Dime Ludicrous Speaker: A Rare Collection of the Newest and Best Things of Our Drollest Speakers and Writers. Prepared Expressly for the Dime Series. Speaker Series, Number 14. New York: Beadle and Adams, [1873].

    First edition. Twelvemo, sewn wrappers. 94 pages, plus six pages of publisher's backlist issues.

    Original pictorial orange wrappers. Rear wrapper missing. Front wrapper splitting along spine; minor paper loss at corners. A previous owner's pencil name and short notations in several places. Minor occasional foxing. In good to very good condition.

    This collection of short -- and mostly anonymous -- humor pieces includes Twain's short story which originally appeared in the May, 1870 issue of Galaxy magazine where it appeared under the title "The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper." This dime novel issue unknown to BAL and Johnson. Rare.

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