Limited Edition, Signed by Mark Twain in the First VolumeMark Twain. The Writings of Mark Twain - Autograph Edition - Twenty-Five Volumes. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, [1899-1907].
Special Autograph Edition, limited to 512 copies, of which this is number 73. Volume I is signed "S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain)" on the limitation page. Twenty-five octavo volumes, complete. Volume I contains an introductory essay titled "Biographical Criticism" which is signed at the end by the author, Brander Matthews. Frontispieces. Illustrations and photogravures throughout.
All volumes half bound in green leather and marbled boards. Gilt lettering, floral decorations, and rules to spine. Five raised bands. Top edges gilt; fore-edges and bottom edges untrimmed. Marbled endpapers. Bindings have uniformly faded to brown, as is common with many green leather bindings. Volume I has been professionally rebacked, retaining the original backstrip, with repairs made to extremities and reinforcing binding tape applied to hinges. Volume I is in very good condition. Volumes II-XXV are all somewhat worn, with rubbed and flaking leather. Boards of several volumes are either detached, all-but-detached, or hanging by cords. A few have loose backstrips. The pages of all volumes are remarkably clean and bright. Overall, this set contains volumes ranging from fair to very good condition.
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