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    Four First U.K. Edition Mark Twain Novels, including: What is Man? By Mark Twain. [Issued for the Rationalist Press Association, Limited]. London: Watts & Co., 1910. First U.K. edition, first trade issue. Octavo. 165 pages. [2, publisher's ads]. Blue cloth covers lettered in gilt. Very minor rubbing to the covers, slightly toned endpapers. Altogether a near fine copy. A somewhat satirical essay structured as a conversation between an older and younger man. [and:] Mark Twain's Library of Humor. With 197 Illustrations by E. W. Kemble. Longond: Chatto & Windus, 1888. First U.K. Edition. Octavo. xvi, 719 pages. [1, publisher's ad prior to the title page]. 32 page publisher's catalog at the rear dated April 1888. 197 illustrations throughout the text, including the frontispiece. Red cloth covers with the front cover and spine lettered in gilt and illustrated in black. The back cover is stamped in black with the publisher's initials. Illustrated endpapers. Some minor rubbing to the covers, very slight bumping to the corners, minor discoloration to the spine. Altogether a very good copy. This anthology, composed of humorous stories authored by multiple authors, was compiled by Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, and Charles Hopkins Clark. [and:] Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. By the Sieur Louis de Conte (Her Page and Secretary). Freely Translated Out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France by Jean Francois Alden. Edited by Mark Twain. With 12 Illustrations by F. V. Du Mond. London: Chatto & Windus, 1896. First U. K. edition, later issue ads. Octavo. x, 435 pages. 32 page publisher's catalog at the rear, dated September 1897. Twelve illustrated plates, including the frontispiece. Publisher's blue cloth covers blind-stamped with an all-over pattern of the fleur-de-lis. The front cover is illustrated in black and gilt. The spine is lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Illustrated endpapers. Slightly rubbed covers and edges, some bumping to the corners, slightly faded spine, front free endpaper and frontispiece detached, previous owner's typed bookplate and image of Mark Twain affixed to the page following the front free endpaper. Altogether a very good copy. Originally published in Harper's Monthly Magazine, this fully original novel was penned by Mark Twain, as stated on the spine. [and:] The £1,000,000 Bank Note And Other New Stories. By Mark Twain. London: Chatto & Windus, 1893. First U. K. edition. Octavo. 311 pages. [1, publisher's ad prior to the title page]. 32 page publisher's catalog at the rear, dated March 1893. Publisher's red cloth covers with the front cover fully illustrated in black. The spine is lettered in gilt an illustrated in black. Illustrated endpapers. The back cover is stamped in black with the publisher's initials. Slightly rubbed covers, minor bumping to the corners, slightly sunned spine. Altogether a very good copy. This collection, under the head title of his optimistic rags-to-riches story, includes "Playing Courier," "A Cure for the Blues," and "About All Kinds of Ships."

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