THE CURIOUS REPUBLIC OF GONDOUR and Other Whimsical Sketches. Mark Twain, Samuel L. Clemens.
THE CURIOUS REPUBLIC OF GONDOUR and Other Whimsical Sketches.

THE CURIOUS REPUBLIC OF GONDOUR and Other Whimsical Sketches.

New York: Boni and Liveright, 1919. Original yellow-orange boards with white cloth spine, with dust jacket.

First Edition, being the fifth volume in Boni & Liveright's "Penguin Series." Published nine years after his death, this is one of Twain's few books that appeared under his real name, without mention of his well-known pseudonym. Most of these seventeen humorous sketches had appeared in periodicals in 1870-1871, which means they were some of Twain's earliest; none had previously appeared in book form. In the title story, Twain (looking ahead about 150 years?) presents an intriguing idea: each resident of Gondour is entitled to one vote but can "earn" additional votes (up to a dozen) by availing himself or herself of (free) education; and, each candidate for office must pass strenuous examinations to verify competency before election.

This volume is fine, amazingly clean and without wear; the scarce dust jacket has one closed tear on the rear panel, plus edge-wear and soil that are quite minor. Blanck 3527; McBride p. 246. Item #15013

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