Item #15026 THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG and Other Stories and Essays. Mark Twain.
THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG and Other Stories and Essays.

THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG and Other Stories and Essays.

Illustrated. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1900. 2 pp undated ads. Original red cloth with front cover monogram device in gilt.

First Edition, first issue. The title story, one of Twain's darker themes, is "a parable about a smug all-American town whose citizens, never having been tempted, take pride in their honesty. A stranger sets in motion a test of their honor, and they fail" [MacDonnell].

The first issue, as here, has sheets bulking 1-1/16 inch and has "[page 2" on the plate facing page 2. Condition is fine except for some faint speckling of the (blank) rear cover; there is little of the fading of the spine that is typical for these red turn-of-the-century Twain titles. This first edition (bearing the date 1900 on the FRONT of the title leaf) is curiously scarce. McBride p. 200; Blanck 3459. Item #15026

Price: $625.00

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