Mark Twain Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Mark Twain Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the renowned American author and humorist Mark Twain.

Brief history/biography

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (commonly known by his pen name Mark Twain) was born on November 30th, 1835 and died on April 21st, 1910.

Twain is best known for his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), which has since been declared as "the Great American Novel."

Some of his many other notable works include The Prince and the Pauper (1881) The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1867), and A Tramp Abroad (1880), to name a few.

Types of Mark Twain Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

Sotheby's in New York sold:

  • A copy of The Writings of Mark Twain (1904-1906) for $96,000 in April of 2004.
  • A copy of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches (1867) for $114,000 in April of 2004.
  • The first American edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) for $45,000 in April of 2004.
  • 25 copies of The Writings of Mark Twain (1899) for $33,600 in June of 2003.
  • A copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) for $36,000 in June of 2003.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Stories (1867) for $26,400 in June of 2006.
  • Another first edition copy of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Stories (1867) for $45,410 in April of 2003.
  • A first edition copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) for $265,100 in June of 2004.
  • A first edition copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) for $27,500 in June of 2011.
  • A first edition copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) for $54,000 in June of 2003.
  • A first edition copy of The Prince and the Pauper (1882) for $40,250 in October of 1994.
  • A first edition copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) for $108,000 in April of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of The Prince and the Pauper (1887) for $71,700 in April of 2003.
  • A first edition copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) for $66,000 in April of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of Adventures of Hucklebery Finn (1885) for $44,650 in December of 2001.

Documents

  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago sold an autograph manuscript of a chapter of A Tramp Abroad (1880) for $65,000 in November of 2010.

  • Sotheby's in New York sold autograph manuscripts of The Writings of Mark Twain (1903) for $89,625 in June of 2002, and autograph manuscripts of a poem written by Twain to his sister-in-law Mollie Clemens (circa 1856) for $36,000 in November of 2005.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • An autograph manuscript of "The Esquimau Maiden's Romance" (1893) for $68,500 in December of 1998.
  • An autograph manuscript of "The Californian's Tale" (1893) for $74,000 in April of 1995.
  • An autograph manuscript of chapter four of "The Gilded Age" (1873) for $26,400 in December of 1991.
  • An autograph manuscript of a letter between Twain and his daughter Suzy (circa 1875) for $33,000 in December of 1991.

  • PBA Galleries in San Francisco sold an autographed letter written by Twain on the art of writing (circa 1881) for $40,000 in June of 2007.

Artwork

A pair of drawings by Normal Rockwell for Life on the Mississippi and Tom Sawyer, Detective sold for $36,000 at Sotheby's, New York, in September of 2005.

Guide for collectors

Copies of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches (1867), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1867) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) are considered to be the most valuable among collectors.

Restoration of an original copy of Mark Twain's work is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Mark Twain memorabilia, visit www.marktwaincollector.com or www.cmgww.com/historic/twain.

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