Mark Twain. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1889. First edition, first issue. Publisher's olive green cloth. Boards lightly worn. Rear hinge splitting, but sound. Several dampstains to top page edge. Good.

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    First edition, first issue, with a small "S-like" ornament between the two words in the caption "The King" for the illustration on p. 59. Octavo. 575 pages. Text illustrations by Dan Beard.


    Publisher's olive green fine diagonally-ribbed cloth with front cover pictorially stamped in gold, gray, and black and lettered in gilt and spine pictorially stamped, ruled, and lettered in gold. Corners and spine ends are a little soft and beginning to fray slightly. A few areas of slight discoloration to front and rear boards. Rear hinge is split, but holding. Front and rear endpapers are light chipped, and there is a previous owner's name on the front pastedown. There are a several small dampstains on the top page edge with a few bleeding into the pages one-sixteenth of an inch or less. Small ticket of the "Publishers' & Booksellers' Protective Ass'n." with ink stamp "B / 841" on front free endpaper. A good copy.


    "The illustrations by Dan Beard, in his own right a writer of reform tales, added greatly to the author's ideas. An unusual feature of the illustrations was the use of then living industrialists and rulers as 'models' for the depicted characters" (Johnson, Twain, p. 52).


    "Most copies of the 'Yankee' have a stamp, similar in size and shape to the ordinary postage stamp, affixed to the 'lower hinge-corner' of the final endpaper. These stamps were numbered, each copy having its individual number, and were designed to prevent agents from selling the book to bookstores without detection" (Johnson, Twain, p. 52).


    BAL 3429. Johnson, Twain, pp. 50-52.

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