Item #14823 MERRY TALES. Mark Twain.


New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1892. 7 pp undated ads. Original grey-green cloth decorated in black and olive.

First Edition, first state (with patterned endpapers, and without the frontispiece portrait of Twain that is believed to have been inserted only in the last copies issued). This volume of seven tales and sketches was issued as a volume in the publisher's "Fiction, Fact, and Fancy Series"; there was no corresponding English edition. One of the tales, "The Invalid's Story" (written back around 1870), "details the unfortunate misadventures of two men on a train who mistake a gunbox and a piece of rotting cheese for a smelly corpse in a coffin... It is a good example of the frontier-style humor for which Twain was known" [Encycl].

This is a fine, clean copy. McBride p. 156; Blanck 3435. Item #14823

Price: $495.00

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