Lot 260: TWAIN, MARK. Autograph Manuscript Signed, draft of a title-page for Appendix to 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court',

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November 1, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
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Description: HOLOGRAPH TITLE-PAGE FOR AN ABANDONED WORK TWAIN, MARK. Autograph Manuscript Signed, draft of a title-page for Appendix to 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court', including an indicator of where the price should be located, an explanatory note from the author, and information about copyright and publisher. 1 page, 8vo; faint toning to edges, bookplate of William West mounted along upper edge to verso; cloth chemise and 1/4 morocco slipcase. Np, circa 1889
Notes: The note: "The Yankee says so many unkind things about royalty & nobility in that book that it seems only fair that they should have a chance to show, by unquestioned history, that they have been of great value to their country--that, indeed, they have been to her the most valuable of all her children. And so in their defence I print this little book, which was written by an Englishman & published in London a year ago. It is my desire to heal all the wounds & make things pleasant again."
Presumably, this title-page was intended for a proposed reprinting of an English work responding to the criticisms appearing in A Connecticut Yankee, but Twain subsequently abandoned the project for unknown reasons.
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