CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE ("MARK TWAIN"). 1835-1910. ET AL. Liber Scriptorum. The First Book of the Author's Club. New York: Published by the Author's Club [by the De Vinne Press], 1893.

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CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE ("MARK TWAIN"). 1835-1910. ET AL.
Liber Scriptorum. The First Book of the Author's Club. New York: Published by the Author's Club [by the De Vinne Press], 1893.

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CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE ("MARK TWAIN"). 1835-1910. ET AL.
Liber Scriptorum. The First Book of the Author's Club. New York: Published by the Author's Club [by the De Vinne Press], 1893. Folio. Title-page printed in red and black, wood engraved headpieces, initials and tailpieces for each contribution. Publisher's straight-grain morocco, decoratively stamped in gilt and black, titles in gilt, top edge gilt, gilt floral endpapers, upper cover skillfully reattached, rubbed at the extremities, minor wear at corners.

FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, SIGNED BENEATH THEIR CONTRIBUTION BY ALL 109 AUTHORS, including Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Low De Vinne and Andrew Carnegie, among others, number 140 of 251 copies. Sumptuously produced and printed by Theodore Low De Vinne, this beautiful book includes the first appearance of Twain's "A Californian's Tale" and Roosevelt's "A Shot at a Bull-Elk," among 109 original contributions, each signed. Merle Johnson notes that of the 251 copies, 30 were "split up into their component articles" (Johnson, Bibliography of Mark Twain [1910 ed], p 70-71). BAL 3438 (for Clemens).
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