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    Mark Twain's Annotated Copy of
    The Ring and the Book

    [Mark Twain's Annotated Copy]. Robert Browning. The Ring and the Book. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1886. Octavo. 332 pages. Ownership signature of Samuel Clemens on preliminary blank with numerous underlines and annotations in pencil throughout by Twain and his wife. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt and black rules across upper board and head of spine, gilt titles on spine, brown endpapers. Binding lightly rubbed, rear board scuffed, lightly soiled, corners bumped, spine ends with wear and small cloth tears. Over-opened between title page and catalog. Pages with occasional minor foxing. Very good. From the collection of California bibliophile Melba Berry Bennett.

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    One of the books sold by Clara Clemens in the Mark Twain Library Auction held in Los Angeles on April 10, 1951.


    Laid-in letter from Dawson's Book Shop, dated April 12, 1951:


    "We bought two books for you, and I mean especially for you and your poetry collection at the Mark Twain sale the other night. The first is not American, but it is important for two reasons. Robert Browning would probably think that the Ring and the Book would be reason number one but we think it is because Mark Twain and his wife had read this aloud together and they have annotated it throughout. It is also signed 'S.L. Clemens, 1887', a nice early date."

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