CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910. The Writings of Mark Twain. Hartford, CT: The American Publishing Company, 1899-1907.
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CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.
The Writings of Mark Twain. Hartford, CT: The American Publishing Company, 1899-1907.
US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£ 23,000 - 39,000

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CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE. 1835-1910.
The Writings of Mark Twain. Hartford, CT: The American Publishing Company, 1899-1907.
25 volumes. 8vo. With frontispiece, engravings, many signed by the artist, and additional Tiffany-engraved title to each volume; EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with over 500 watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations, both full-page and vignette. CONTEMPORARY RED LEVANT BY "ADAMS BINDERY," signed on the turn-in, interlacing double fillet borders incorporating green morocco heart-shaped on-lays, and clover decoration, featured also on the spine with citron morocco on-lays; red morocco turn-ins, green crushed levant doublures, with red on-laid morocco flower ornaments in an art nouveau design, satin endpapers, top edge gilt. Beautiful, with light damp-staining to lower corner towards the end of vol 13, and minor stains in vol 5; minor foxing, some off-setting from illustrations.
WITH: Autograph Letter Signed ("Samuel L. Clemens/ Mark Twain") tipped-in to vol 1, a witty and charming Valentine's Day letter, a tribute to his wife, 1 p, 179 x 114 mm, Buffalo, NY, February 14, [1871], minor staining.

A MARVELOUS, DELUXE SET OF TWAIN'S WRITINGS, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED, AND INCLUDING MANUSCRIPT MATERIAL, containing over 500 beautiful watercolor and pen-and-ink vignettes, some full-page, by artist Jean de Paleologue (1860-1942, signed "PAL"), as well as a charming autograph Valentine letter from Twain tipped-in, finely bound by Adams Bindery in deluxe red morocco, and signed by Twain in volume 1 (as part of the Autograph Edition, no 90 of 512 copies).

The finely done watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations throughout illumine each work, finely complementing Twain's writing, and including a number of full-color watercolor sketches of the writer himself. Jean de Paleologue (known as PAL) worked for the Strand Magazine and Vanity Fair, before moving to New York and working in film and theater, became famous for his fine poster work. At a 1908 reunion of comic writers and artists, Twain, the guest of honor was so enamored of a quick crayon sketch by Pal, that he requested its presentation.
The autograph letter tipped-in to volume 1 is a lovely tribute to Twain's wife Olivia, written soon after their wedding from Buffalo. To an unnamed recipient, Twain writes a warm and witty Valentine's Day ode to his new wife, signing as both Twain and Clemens, in part: "...although I am twain in my own person I am only half a person in my matrimonial form, and sometimes my wife shows that she is so much better and nobler than I am, that I seriously question if I am really any more than about a quarter!"

Ralph Randolph Adams, founder of the NYC-based Adams Bindery, was one of the greatest American bookbinders at the beginning of the 20th century. He is especially famous for his inlaid mosaic bindings that were highly praised for their beauty, and collected by luminaries such as J.P. Morgan and Isabella Stewart Gardner. The sumptuous levant bindings on this set are high testimony to Adams' bookbinding skill, the designs echoing his mosaic work.

A FANTASTIC SET OF TWAIN, heavily illustrated with a host of heretofore unseen illustrations for each of his works, with a charming, and endlessly quotable, autograph tribute to his wife tipped-in. This unique set stands out even among the finest Twain sets that have appeared at auction – a worthy addition to any collection.
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