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Mark Twain's Autobiography by  Mark TWAIN - Hardcover - Signed - 1924 - from Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA and Biblio.com

Mark Twain's Autobiography

by TWAIN, Mark

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1924. Hardcover. Introduction by Albert Bigelow Paine. Complete 2-volume set. Small 4to. Blue ribbed cloth with gilt lettering. xvi, 368pp; 365pp, (2pp ads). Top edges gilt. Captioned tissue-guarded frontispieces. Very good. Slightest edgewear only, else internally fine. A tight and handsome second printing ("L-Y"), with two pages of advertisements at close of the second volume. Tipped to an inner flyleaf is a choice autograph addition: Typed Note Signed by ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE and CLARA CLEMENS GABRILOWITSCH, 1p, 6" X 7½", Waycross, GA, 5 December 1935. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Very good. On "Hotel Ware" pictorial letterhead, Paine and Gabrilowitsch write this young admirer that "It pleases me to know that you thought the books I have written are worthy to be added to your collection on our good Saint Mark's 100th birthday. And I am very happy to sign myself...." and Paine signs boldly in full in brown ink, with "Very Sincerely Yours / Clara Clemens / Gabrilowitsch" below his in black ink. Paine (1861-1937) served as Mark Twain's literary executor and authored a massive 3-volume biography of Clemens (1912); he was also a well-known journalist and writer of light fiction. Gabrilowitsch (1874-1962) was Mark Twain's daughter (and protector of his posthumous reputation -- she's listed as copyright holder in this book) as well as a noted singer who performed recitals with her pianist husband, Russian emigrant Ossip Gabrilowitsch (1878-1936). Paine was almost right about the precise centennial of Twain's birth (November 20, not December 5) -- but a fine autograph accompaniment to this controversial memoir and with Twain content to boot. An outstanding set.




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