Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions). Mark Twain.
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)

Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Three Editions)

ISBN: 019510157X
New York, NY: Harper & Brothers; Oxford University Press, 1909; 1952; 1996. First Edition; First Editions Thus. Hardcovers. Three rare editions of a late short work of humor, satire, fantasy & religious philosophy by Mark Twain (1835-1910), the canonical American author: (1) Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, Harper & Brothers, 1909. First edition in red cloth with illustrated front cover, detail of frontispiece protected by attached & entirely intact semitransparent onionskin between same & title page. According to Johnson (pgs. 103-104), & image per McBride (pg. 234), the year 1909 was printed in Roman numerals ("M-C-M-I-X") below publisher's name on title page; & this volume was "Copyrighted & published, October 14, 1909" (Johnson, pg. 104). Only the year of 1909 on copyright page is present here, the two other points noted above are not- we therefore conclude that this is a very early, probably second printing of the first edition. We have seen no images of or references to a dust jacket for this edition, if it ever was issued it is not present here. (2) Report From Paradise, Harper & Brothers, copyrighted 1952. A special edition with Introduction by Dixon Wecter ("Late Literary Executor of The Mark Twain Estate," pg. XXV), Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (Part I) & Letter from the Recording Angel (Part II, an obscure related work not published in Twain's lifetime as explained on front flap & Wecter's introduction). With illustrations on front cover of dust jacket, frontispiece & throughout by Charles Locke. First edition thus, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, a beautiful production hand-set by the Golden Hind Press for the original publisher per colophon. On copyright page is the reference "E-E." Per McBride (pg. 300), "date code E-E means May 1955," & so this copy is not a first printing, likely a second & certainly an early printing as with (1) above. (3) Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, 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 of 1909 published by Harper & Brothers (apparently identical to (1) except for the two points noted above being present). Edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, with introduction by the popular science fiction writer & editor Frederik Pohl (1919-2013), & afterword by the acclaimed academician James A. Miller. As noted on front flap, "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven was published as a Christmas gift book in October 1909, six months before Twain's death. Combining science fiction with a satiric look at conventional views of the afterlife, Twain delivers an amusing and trenchant commentary on human vanity and pretensions. Much of the humor of the story rests on the sharp discrepancies between Stormfield's cocksure expectations of heaven and its reality." Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first trade edition thus, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. Three collectible & desirable editions of the exemplary twilight story by the immortal Mark Twain- an early copy of the first edition & two with extensive, helpful academic scholarship. (1) in relatively fine unrestored condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing & slight fading to front, back covers & esp. spine; mild wear, fading to edges & corners of same esp. spine-edges & corners; moderate rubbing & browning to edges of text block; several small spot-stains at side edge of same. Interior fine with only light browning to blank paste-downs, endpapers & blank margins of page leaves; one medium-size smear-stain at blank front endpaper; spot-staining at blank side margins of a few leaves. (2) book very fine with only very slight rubbing, fading & sparse spotting to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & moderate fading to edges & corners of same esp. blue boards; very light rubbing to edges of text block; one very small, faint red mark at side edge of same. Interior very fine with only moderate browning to paste-downs & endpapers. Dust jacket fair with mild rubbing, browning & several small-to-medium spot-stains to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear, tiny bumps, creases & several small tears with slight loss of paper at edges & corners of same esp. spine & upper spine-edge, corners. (3) book very fine, substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same & flaps. Fine-Very Fine / Fair; Very Fine. [Item #4441]

Price: $150.00