New York: Sheldon & Company, n.d. . Original purple cloth.
First Edition, first issue (without the Ball Black & Co. advertisement on the title verso). This is very early Twain -- his third book, preceded only by THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG and THE INNOCENTS ABROAD. Twain's "burlesque autobiography" briefly runs through his purported family tree, with humorous (and satirical) illustrations that associate it in verse with "The House That Jack Built."
This copy is in purple cloth (terra-cotta and green were also used, without priority; so were wrappers). This is a near-fine copy, with light wear at the spine ends (the spine is a little faded -- as is almost always the case with the color purple). Though not a scarce book, we seldom see copies in any better condition. McBride pp 16-17; Blanck 3326; Queen's Quorum p. 26 (where the latter tale, of which the full title is "Awful, Terrible Medieval Romance") is cited as a "riddle story worthy of your postprandial and presomnial attention"). Item #14495