Punch Brothers Punch MARK TWAIN 1st issue 1878 VG NoRes

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
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