Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions). Mark Twain.
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Two Editions)

ISBN: 0195101456
London, England; New York, NY: Chatto & Windus; Oxford University Press, 1907; 1996. Early British Edition; First Trade Edition Thus. Hardcovers. Two collectible versions of a classic of historical fiction by Samuel Langhorne Clemens a/k/a Mark Twain, the canonical American humorist & writer: (1) Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Chatto & Windus' 1907 printing of the work it first published in Britain during 1896, the same year of the first American edition published by Harper & Brothers. See McBride, pgs. 178-179. Hardcover in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering & embossed decorations on front cover, gilt lettering & decorations on spine. "A New Impression" as noted on title page, with twelve illustrations by F.V. Du Mond which were featured among others in the first editions, including frontispiece protected by a quite intact attached sheet of semi-transparent onionskin between it & title page. With an extensive "Alphabetical Catalogue" of publisher's many other productions following the text. We have seen no reference to a dust jacket having been issued with this edition, if so it is not present. A most stately & beautiful production. (2) Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Oxford University Press, 1996. As stated in Editor's Note, "The Oxford Mark Twain consists of twenty-nine volumes of facsimiles of the first American editions of Mark Twain's works, with an editor's foreword, new introductions, afterwords, notes on the texts, and essays on the illustrations in volumes with artwork." This volume in the series reproduces the first edition published by Harper & Brothers in 1896 (see above). Edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, with introduction by the noted Twain biographer Justin Kaplan (1925-2014), & afterword by Susan K. Harris. "Twain himself said, "I like Joan of Arc best among all my books." A serious, impassioned, meticulously researched story about a compelling heroine, the Maid of Orleans, Twain viewed the work both as a bid to be accepted as a serious writer and as a gift of love to his favorite daughter, Susy, who would die tragically three months after Joan of Arc was published...modeled in part on Susy herself, the figure of Joan is a celebration of Twain's ideal woman: Gentle, selfless, and pure, but also brave, courageous, and eloquent. Although set in fifteenth-century Europe, Joan of Arc is a key text for anyone who would understand the ambivalence that greeted the "New Women" in turn-of-the-century America." (from front flap) Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first trade edition thus, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. Two desirable editions of this Twain masterpiece- an antiquarian collectible from the original British publisher, & an Oxford facsimile of the first American edition with helpful academic scholarship. (1) in exceptionally fine unrestored condition with only very slight rubbing & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; very light wear with only the slightest loss of color at edges & corners of same; one tiny area of fraying (literally one thread's worth) at upper spine-edge; moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block; some fading & scratching to dyed upper edge of same. Interior fine with mild browning mostly to blank margins of page leaves; more so to endpapers; occasional spotting at blank margins of a few leaves; tiny bumps, creases to mostly lower corners of some of same; former owner's signature in ink with date of "1930" near upper edge of blank front endpaper; handwriting in pencil by a different previous owner ("Not to be taken away") near upper edge of front paste-down; small pencil notation on verso of front endpaper. (2) Book very fine, substantially mint inside & out. We found & have retained a very interesting piece of ephemera between pages 262-263: A bookmark from the original Borders Book Shop on State St. here in Ann Arbor, Michigan- the first of what became the giant chain that once bestrode the continent, all now gone. Printed on verso only, in fine condition with only light browning & creasing at lower surfaces, edges & corners. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Fine; Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4366]

Price: $115.00