Lot 679: Second National Bank check, 7.5 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by J. B. Pond, payable to S. L. Clemens for $323.83, January 5, 1885, endorsed on the reverse in purple ink by Clemens, "Pay to C.L. Webster, S. L. Clemens," and again by Webster. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and cancellation cuts. Eager to promote the release of his latest work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Clemens hired Major J. B. Pond to act as his agent for a prospective tour with the novelist George Washington Cable. Performing under the banner the 'Twins of Genius,' Clemens and Cable traveled extensively from November of 1884 through the following February, stopping in 80 cities and appearing on over 103 stages over the course of their massive two-leg promotional tour. Signed over to his publisher Charles L. Webster, this exceptional check stems from a period in which Clemens solidified himself as one of America's finest novelists.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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