Mark Twain's Autobiography
MARK TWAIN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY, With an Introduction by Albert Bigelow Paine Twain Mark Published by New York Harper and Brothers 1924, 2 volumes. First edition, first state, BAL's "A" printing. With a fine portrait frontispiece in each volume and with holograph facsimile of Twain's writing. Tall 8vo, publisher¿s original dark-blue ribbed cloth gilt lettered on the spines, t.e.g., with a facsimile of Twain¿s autograph in gilt on the upper covers. 361, index; 357, index, ads pp. An especially fine and handsome set, very clean and quite fresh. A beautifully preserved example. A VERY NICE SET, WELL PRESERVED AND A HANDSOME COPY OF THE FIRST STATE OF THE FIRST EDITION. "As might be expected of anything which Mark Twain wrote, this autobiography is unlike any other ever written-as unconventional and unorthodox as its great author. Always, when the time came for him to go on with the dictation, he chose as his subject whatever was most interesting to him at the moment, regardless of chronological order. For he believed that a man¿s thoughts, not his outward acts are his true history, which alone reveal him completely. "The resulting book is a stream of table-talk: anecdotes, humorous and serious; reminiscences of his mother, his daughter Susy, his boyhood days in Missouri; chronicles of his friendships with all manner of men, from General Grant and President Cleveland to his Irish coachman and the unfamed intimates of his vagabond youth; bold expressions of opinion on every sort of topic-all are here, full of the vigor and the humanity of their author, and forming an inexhaustible mine of entertainment, amusement, and delight." Dictated by Twain over several years with the stipulation that it be published after his death.