Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii. Mark Twain.
Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii
Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii
Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii
Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii
Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii

Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii

New York, NY: Appleton-Century, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. "A hundred years ago, Mark Twain's life-long love affair with the future fiftieth state began when the steamer Ajax arrived in Honolulu on Sunday, March 18, 1866. Samuel Clemens came as a newspaper correspondent to write, over his famous pen name, a series of travel letters for publication in the Sacramento Union. He spent only four months and a day in the Islands, but he never forgot his adventures there. Some of the finest descriptions of the Islands came from his pen. Perhaps the most often quoted remark in Hawaiian literature is his characterization of it as "the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean." The twenty-five...letters Mark Twain wrote as a roving reporter...are presented herewith in a collection that opens, for the first time, an important door to some fascinating material not otherwise available. The letters are excellent reportage by a keen-eyed man who all his life was a shrewd observer of the universe around him, and provide a vivid picture of what life was really like in nineteenth-century Hawaii." (from front flap) A gathering of the letters dispatched from Hawaii by Samuel Langhorne Clemens a/k/a Mark Twain (1835-1910), the canonical American humorist, novelist & travel writer. Edited by A. Grove Day (1904-1994), the American academician & prolific historian of Hawaii who lived there for the last half-century of his life. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition of 1966 as stated on copyright page. McBride, pg. 303 (interestingly, the publication year is misstated as 1956). The first hardcover edition of this volume is very scarce, & exemplary of 1960s-style graphics with its brightly colored Rousseau-esque front cover dust jacket illustration & bold cover boards. The contents are a historic milestone of Twain scholarship, these brilliantly observant pieces of reportage had theretofore not been collected together since they first appeared in separate newspaper issues a century earlier. A very rare & desirable Mark Twain collectible. Book in fine condition with only very slight rubbing to illustrated front & back boards; moderate browning, spotting & light rubbing to white cloth spine esp. at/ near edges (but with green spine lettering completely intact); light wear at edges & corners; light browning, spotting & occasional faint scratching to edges of text block, side edge of same uncut as issued. Interior very fine with only very slight browning/ yellowing to blank, speckled-light green paste-downs & endpapers; all other leaves substantially mint. Dust jacket fine with mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching & spotting to front, esp. back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases, chips & a few closed tears at edges & corners of same. Fine / Fine. [Item #4376]

Price: $60.00