Antique Mark Twains Funniest Books Harpers Library 1903

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  • Sold Date: Feb 09, 2011
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Antique Mark Twains Funniest Books Harpers Library 1903 Up for auction we have this very collectible antique set of Harper's Library Edition books - Mark Twain's Funniest Books in 6 volumes. Published in 1903 by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London.
With wonderful black and white illustrations by E. W. Kemble, Peter Newell, B. West Clinedinst, J. G. Brown.
"Of all the books of the great humorist these are the ones that have made his name a household word wherever the English language is spoken."
This was "the first time these volumes have been put within the reach of any but the rich". When Harper and Brothers acquired rights to the remainder of Mark Twain's works in 1903 they lost little time in advertising the new titles they acquired from American Publishing Company designating them as "Mark Twain's Funniest Books" although Puddn'head Wilson is arguably not a humorous work.
The books are maroon cloth covers with gold and green ornamental design on the spine, gilded top edges, and deckled or rough cut side and bottom edges.
The advertisement above appeared in December 1903 in the following publications: Atlantic Monthly, Critic, Bookman, Dial, Literary World, Current Opinion and Scribners. It represented the takeover by Harper and Brothers of the American Publishing Company's rights to some of Mark Twain's most popular works and emphasized the affordability with which they were being offered. Books were offered on the installment plan of payment -- six books for $12.00 paid out over one year.
This 6 volume set includes the following books ..... Tom Sawyer Innocents Abroad Vol I Innocents Abroad Vol II Pudd'nhead Wilson (plus Those Extraordinary Twins) Roughing It Vol I Roughing It Vol II
This is a great collection and hard to find in the complete 6 volumes as it was issued. A must for any collector!
These book are in very good condition for their age. There is some age spotting and shelf dust. One book appears to have some slight damp marks on the edges.
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