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    Mark Twain. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1889.
    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. Square octavo (8.3125 x 6.5 inches). xvi, [1, blank], 17-575, [1, blank], [2, publisher's advertisements] pages. Text illustrations by Dan Beard.

    Original olive green fine diagonally-ribbed cloth with front cover pictorially stamped in gilt, gray, and black and lettered in gilt and spine pictorially stamped, ruled, and lettered in gilt. Corners and spine extremities rubbed, a few areas of slight discoloration to cloth on back cover, short split to upper edge of front pastedown and to lower edge of rear pastedown near hinge. Over-opened between frontispiece and title-page. Slight dampstaining in the blank margins of most pages, some slight staining to pages 464 and 465. Small ticket of the "Publishers' & Booksellers' Protective Ass'n." with ink stamp "C / 642" 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 end paper. 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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