New York: Sheldon & Company, n.d. . Original green 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 illustrations that constitute a biting satire on Jay Gould and the Erie Railroad scandal.
This copy is in green cloth (terra-cotta and purple were also used, without priority; so were wrappers). It is in near-fine condition, with scarcely any soil or fading, and with wear limited to a trace at the spine ends. Although this is not a scarce book, we seldom see copies in any better condition. The front free endpaper bears an inscription dated March 9th 1871: according to Blanck, publication was during the first week of that month. McBride pp 16-17; Blanck 3326; Queen's Quorum p. 26 (where the latter tale, of which the fly-title is "Awful, Terrible Medieval Romance"), is cited as a "riddle story worthy of your postprandial and presomnial attention"). Item #14975