Punch Brothers Punch MARK TWAIN 1st issue 1878 VG NoRes

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 15,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

Hello and welcome to this special opportunity to acquire a rare first issue of a Mark Twain first edition that happens to contain the first use of a telephone as part of the plot in a short story (titled The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton ), at a price YOU determine with NO RESERVE (the few other copies on the internet, some even missing pages, are listed from $300 to $1500).

Punch, Brothers, Punch! And Other Sketches by Mark Twain ( Samuel Langhorne Clemens ) . New York: Slote, Woodman & Co, [1878]. Original publisher’s blue cloth stamped in gilt and black with blue coated endpapers and pastedowns. This is a true first issue with page 141 facsimile handwritten letter by Mark Twain and the advertisements for “Mark Twain's Scrapbooks” on the verso, and on the rear pastedown. This also has the title page with author’s name written in Roman type, page 91 with the letters missing 4 lines up from the bottom, and a total of 13 lines on page 101. BAL 3378

Overall this is in very good condition, the text is largely clean with a few pencil marks, a small offset likely from an old bookmark, “742” written in ink at the very lower left corner of a page, front pastedown with a private bookplate, rear pastedown appears to have a bookplate removed, the binding has had some professional restoration most of which is to the spine and extremities, and there is some soiling to the binding. More details and pictures available on request if you need any more information about condition.

Here is a list of books by Mark Twain in the chronological order as they were published, some of which we are going to list here on eBay...

1867 The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches
1869 The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrim's Progress

1871 Mark Twain’s Memoranda from The Galaxy
1871 Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance
1872 Roughing It

1872 A Curious Dream
1873 The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1 st novel, cowritten by Charles Dudley Warner)
1875 Mark Twain's Sketches, New and Old
1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

1876 Old Times on the Mississippi
1876 Ah Sin, a play written with Bret Harte
1877 A True Story, and the Recent Carnival of Crime.
1878 Punch, Brothers, Punch!
1880 A Tramp Abroad
1880 Date 1601, or Conversation as It Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors
1882 The Stolen White Elephant
1882 The Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Ages
1883 Life on the Mississippi
1885 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1887 English as She Is Taught
1889 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
1892 Merry Tales
1892 The American Claimant
1893 The £1,000,000 Bank-Note and Other New Stories
1894 Tom Sawyer Abroad
1894 The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins
1896 Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
1896 Tom Sawyer Detective
1897 How to Tell a Story and Other Essays
1897 Following the Equator
1900 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
1901 To the Person Sitting in Darkness
1902 A Double Barrelled Detective Story
1903 My Debut as a Literary Person with Other Essays and Stories
1903 A Dog's Tale
1904 Extracts from Adam's Diary Translated from the Original MS.
1905 King Leopold's Soliloquy
1906 What is Man?
1906 Eve's Diary
1906 The $30,000 Bequest
1907 Christian Science with Notes Containing Corrections to Date
1907 A Horse's Tale
1909 Is Shakespeare Dead? From my Autobiography
1909 Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
1909 Queen Victoria's Jubilee


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