New York: Harper's, 1917. Softcover. Rare in the original wrappers. Six issues between May and November 1917. The letters were published by Harper as two volumes in 1917. The letters were arranged with comment by Albert Bigelow Paine. Paine was an important Twain scholar and in addition to the letters, he published several other books about him including a three volume biography. Each issue’s cover is printed in a different color paper, most with pictorial front cover and advertisements on rear. Covers are all in very good condition, some with small tears to spine and creases to covers, three issues with Oregon State Library stamp to cover. Interior pages near fine. Wonderful advertisements and illustrations throughout each. Each issue is about 150-175 pages. Continuous pagination for the year’s issues. Very Good. LIT/091318. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895-1896. Softcover. Rare. First appearance in original wrappers of Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, which was serialized from April 1895 to April 1896 in Harper’s Magazine. Complete in 13 issues. Twain, aware of his reputation as a comic, asked that each installment appear anonymously so that readers would treat the work seriously. Regardless, his authorship soon became known, and the book edition published by Harper and Brothers in May 1896 credited Mark Twain. It is Twain’s last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old. The novel is presented as a translation (by “Jean Francois Alden”) of memoirs by Louis de Conte, a fictionalized version of Louis de Contes, Joan of Arc’s page. The novel is divided into three sections according to Joan of Arc’s development: a youth in Domrémy, a commander of the army of Charles VII of France, and a defendant at trial in Rouen. The issues are all complete and are generally in very good condition. Several have tears and chips to the spine as well as wear to covers. Interiors are clean and bright. Nine of the issues have a stamp on the front cover: “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library.” LIT/091418. Very Good.