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TWAIN MARK A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (eliminating the word "Connecticut" on cover) with numerous, illustrations throughout the text illustrations by Dan Beard. pub. New York Charles L. Webster & Company 1889 1st. ed. 1st state, original olive boards with gilt lettering and pictorial decoration of an armoured knight, shield, top-hat in black, grey and gilt; tiny olive & white wallpaper print e/papers pp.576.2 pages of ads on 1 leaf. Illustration "The King" (pp.59) has a small S-like ornament between the two words; first state. Twain's tale of Hank Morgan, a 19th-century citizen of Hartford, Connecticut who awakens to find himself transported back in time to medieval England at the time of legendary King Arthur. A bit of wear to the corners & slight rubbing to spine. Hinges resewn, reglued, overall very good with professionally re-backed cloth to spine corner and rear board; front board hinge at top edge slightly exposed. pp.246-47 torn in margin. The cloth bright and well preserved, the text clean. A Very good firm copy of the first edition. Price: $900.00
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