Mark Twain. Letters from the Sandwich Islands: Written for the Sacramento Union. Introduction & Conclusion by G. Ezra Dane. Illustrations by Dorothy Grover. San Francisco: 1937, The Grabhorn Press.

    First collected edition, one of 550 copies, Clara Clemens's copy (daughter of Mark Twain). Large octavo. xii, 224 pages. Several colorful illustrations throughout the text, including the illustrated title page.

    Publisher's quarter dark green buckram-like shelfback over green printed paper. The spine is lettered with a green paper label printed with black ink. Minor bumping to the corners, front free endpaper inscribed by a previous owner, slightly toned endpapers. Altogether a very good copy.

    Early in Mark Twain's career (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835 - 1910) he was commissioned by the Sacramento Union to document his travels in letter format for publication in the newspaper. This work is a collection of those letters he wrote upon his first travels aboard the steamer Ajax to the Sandwich Islands, known today as the Hawaiian Islands. It was not until 1837 in which these early letters were finally collected into one bound volume. This particular copy was owned by one of his three daughters, Clara Clemens (1874 -1962).

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