A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. Mark Twain.

A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT.

New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1889. 2 pp undated ads. Original olive green cloth decorated in gilt, black and grey.

First Edition of Twain's satirical time-traveling fantasy -- probably preceding the English edition titled A YANKEE AT THE COURT OF KING ARTHUR (both editions were issued in early December, precedence unknown). Hank Morgan, knocked out during a fight, comes to in Camelot in the year 528, where he avoids execution by successfully predicting an eclipse, uses 19th century weapons to help repel an attack, marries, and has a child -- only to be put into a deep sleep by Merlin, to reawaken in his proper era.

On all copies the title word "Connecticut" was curiously omitted from the binding. This copy has the p. 59 plate in the second state, lacking the odd S-shaped ornament between the words "The" and "King"; the ornament was apparently routed from the plate mid-run, as it was seemingly spelling "The Sking." In this copy p. [i] is blank, and there are olive green-on-pale grey floral-patterned endpapers (no precedence established for these latter points). It is in bright, just-about-fine condition (the slightest of rubbing at the corners, small ownership ink-stamp on the front paste-down). McBride p. 125; Blanck 3429. Item #13826

Price: $775.00

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