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The First Edition has this wonderful first edition book for sale, Mark Twain The Stolen White Elephant. This scarce Mark Twain first edition book was published in 1882 by Chatto and Windus. This book conforms to the description in the authoritative bibliography, Merle Johnson A Bibliography of the Work of Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1910).
According to Johnson this UK first edition of The Stolen White Elephant was published on June 10 1882 “a day or so previous to the American issue.”
The original publisher’s red boards bears an illustration of an elephant to the front board with the title The Stolen White Elephant in gilt, and the spine also has an illustration of a lady opening the door to a surgery with animals outside, and the title to the spine also in gilt. The back board bears the Chatto and Windus logo.
The boards are in Very Good condition with the gilt to the front board being very bright after all these years. However, as with most books well over 100 years old it does have minor faults which includes: a mark to the bottom left corner of the front board, darkening to the spine, wear to the top and bottom of the spine, and light marks to the back board. Please click on the thumbnail images below this description for larger images. Thank you.
There are 285 numbered pages plus a large 32 page catalogue to the end of the book dated May 1882 confirming this to be the rare first edition first issue of Mark Twain’s The Stolen White Elephant. The endpapers have the green patterned design to the front endpaper and rear endpapers.
The pages are in overall Very Good condition with a neat inscription to one of the front blank pages dated Dec 1882; this blank page with the inscription has not been fully opened at the top, and where it has been partially opened has caused a small tear at the top of the page; and light, very small and occasional foxing.
This is a wonderful example of this old Mark Twain book that will make an important addition to any old Mark Twain book collection, old children’s illustrated book collectors, or any collection of old fiction books.
Please see the thumbnail images below to view the Front Board and Spine, the Front Board, the Spine, the Back Board, the Front Endpapers, the Rear Endpapers, the Inscription, the Title Page, and many of the pages inside this very rare and collectable Mark Twain first edition book.