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    Set of Books Presented by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) to His Wife. This lot includes a 16 volume set of the works of George Meredith published in New York by Charles Scribner's Sons issued consecutively from 1899 until 1902. On the front free endpaper of the volume tilted Diana of the Crossways Clemens has written to his wife: "This is Diana who so greatly entertained Theodore & me years ago. (by help of a game.) S. L. C." under which is written in Clemens' hand "Olivia L. Clemens/ 1903". The inscription ends "From S. L. C./ February". In the remaining 15 volumes Clemens has written "Olivia L. Clemens" on each free front endpaper with his flourish underneath the signature. The Theodore mentioned in the inscription may refer to Theodore Crane, Sam Clemens' brother-in-law. Olivia Langdon Clemens was Sam's wife of 34 years. Olivia died in 1904 so this set was given to her in the last days of their marriage. All books are in very good condition, exhibiting only moderate shelf wear. All signatures are neatly written and consistent throughout. This is an excellent opportunity to own a set of books intimately associated with one of our country's most beloved writers.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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