The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography. Mark Twain.
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography

The Autobiography of Mark Twain with: Chapters from My Autobiography

ISBN: 0195101561
New York, NY: Harper & Brothers; Oxford University Press, 1959; 1996. First Editions Thus. Hardcovers. Two intermediate, collectible editions of autobiographical writings by Samuel Langhorne Clemens a/k/a Mark Twain (1835-1910), the canonical American humorist & author: (1) The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Harper & Brothers (among Twain's original publishers), 1959. "One of the classics of American writing, including manuscript material and photographs never before published, arranged and edited by Charles Neider." (jacket front cover) Hardcover in clipped dust jacket, probable fourth printing with "D-1" on copyright page, probable book club edition with very small black square near lower right corner of back cover. A big, beautiful production edited & with an introduction by Neider (1915-2001), the noted American novelist, essayist & editor. See McBride, pg. 255, which refers to "A-1 date code" in its copies. (2) Chapters from My Autobiography, 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 chapters published during 1906-1907 in issues of the North American Review periodical. Edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, with introduction by the iconic American playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005), & afterword by Twain scholar Michael J. Kiskis (1955?-2011). As noted on front flap, "Beginning in January 1906, (Samuel Clemens) dictated in some 242 sittings a long and complex autobiographical manuscript. He published selected chapters from this extensive dictation in the North American Review, in 26 installments, and it is this version that is published here. "Reading along, one becomes aware of being spoken to by this book, that it is really a chat," Arthur Miller writes in his introduction...In this volume, Miller writes, "the author who more than any other was the surveyor who marked the boundaries of American literature" reflects on his childhood, ponders his career as a writer, and recalls the joy and the pain of being a husband and a father." Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first trade edition thus, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. Included where we found them in this volume are two pieces of ephemera from its last owner, from whose estate we acquired it (along with our many other recent Twain offerings)- the late Elwood Derr, Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, Twain collector-scholar & the beloved neighbor of this writer: Folded sheet with Prof. Derr's notes about this book in pencil on one outer panel; & a vintage bookmark from the flagship Borders Bookstore, the late chain that began with one nearby location in Ann Arbor. Two collectible editions of some of Mark Twain's autobiographical writings, both with helpful academic scholarship. (1) Book in fine condition with light rubbing & fading to thin edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild rubbing & browning to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior fine with light browning & spotting to blank paste-downs & endpapers; ink signature of previous owner at upper right margin of front endpaper; just a hint of browning at blank margins of page leaves. Unrestored dust jacket in fair condition with moderate rubbing, browning, fading, spotting, scratching & creasing to front, back covers, spine & flaps; moderate-to-extensive wear to edges & corners of same incl. bumps, creases & tears with mild loss of paper esp. at upper edges & corners. Ephemera fine with minor bumps, creases at some edges & corners. (2) book very fine with only very slight wear to lower spine-edges & corners of covers & spine; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket fine with very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; one small, mostly rectangular area near lower right corner of front cover with residue from sticker removal hardly effecting letters. Fine; Very Fine / Fair; Fine. [Item #4516]

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