Item #14987 EVE'S DIARY. Mark Twain.


Translated from the Original MS. Illustrated by Lester Ralph. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. Original red cloth decorated in green and black.

First (American) Edition. Written as Eve's diary in the Garden of Eden, this was a companion volume to EXTRACTS FROM ADAM'S DIARY (1904) -- but actually it is a thinly-veiled tribute to Twain's wife, Livy, who had died in the same month that the earlier book was published. "The theme is simple: without companionship, life has no meaning" [MacDonnell]. Needless to say, this is not really "Translated from the Original MS.", but rather is simply concocted by Twain.

The text appears only on the recto of the leaves; there is a Lester Ralph illustration opposite, on every verso. Curiously, the publisher's title page imprint reads "London and New York," which in that order was Harper's imprint for English editions; there are no known copies that more-properly read "New York and London." This copy is near-fine, with no soil and with less fading on the spine than is usual; likewise, there is less than the typical amount of flaking of the white spine lettering. McBride p. 220; Blanck 3489. Item #14987

Price: $350.00

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