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DescriptionMark Twain. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches. Edited by John Paul [Charles Henry Webb]. New York: C. H. Webb, 1867. First edition, first printing, with single leaf of advertisements on cream-yellow paper inserted between front flyleaf and title-page, and unbroken type on pages 21, 66, and 198. Twelvemo (6.625 x 4.5 inches; 170 x 113 mm.). 198, [2, blank] pages. Publisher's green cloth over beveled boards, spine and front lettered in gilt, front with gilt-stamped frog ornament at lower left corner oriented diagonally upward, rear board with same frog stamped in blind; all text block edges trimmed; brown coated endpapers. Spine ends slightly pushed and just starting to fray at a couple of spots; hint of rubbing to boards, with some small areas of light soiling and a few very faint, surface-level scratches and scuff marks; top edges of boards a bit darkened and dust-soiled; trace of wear to bottom edges and corners, which are also very gently tapped. Hinges showing minimal wear, with rear hinge just starting to crack toward head; a couple of soft creases at upper corner of rear free endpaper. Text block edges softly darkened, with spotting along top edge; specks of faint foxing scattered throughout interior, most pronounced at first and last several leaves of text block; a few instances of faint, marginal thumbsoiling; a few leaves showing evidence of previous dog-earing; one gutter a touch over-opened. Still, a very nearly fine copy of the author's first published book, collecting 27 sketches previously published in various magazines and newspapers. Housed in custom black cloth chemise and book-backed slipcase. BAL 3310; Queen's Quorum 7 ("The first important foreshadowing of crime-in-ascendancy in the short story... This acknowledged classic of legend and folklore is an early example of the confidence game in fiction"); Zamorano Eighty 17.
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