The Prince and the Pauper, a Tale for Young People

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Author: Twain, Mark [PSUED Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

Year: 1882

Publisher: James R Osgood

Place: Boston


[2]+411+[5]pp with 192 illustrations. Octavo (8 1/2" x 7") First issue copyright page with Franklin Press; page 124 "estate" corrected; page 263 "do not" corrected and page 362 "reigned" corrected. (BAL 3402) (Blanck, 111) (McBride, 70) Later state of the 1st American edition.

The first printing of 10,030 copies, asw well as the second printing of 5,050 copies, were both ready by publication day in December 1881. Osgood happily reported that he had bound half of the first edition in the leather bindings, and Twain had fits, knowing that the sale of thye expensive leather bindings could never be large. Happily for Osgood, they apparently did sell, as some copies of the later printings are sometimes found in leather. Five days after publication, a third printing of 5,064 copies was completed, and two more printings of 5,00 copies each soon followed. This was a subscription book, and like those published by the American Publishing Company, it was available in several bindings. The regular binding was green pictorial cloth, which could also be ordered with gilt edges, as welll as bindings of full sheep, ther-quarter morocco, and thre-quarter calf. Twain had a small number printed on China paper and bound in white cloth. Twain thought six or eight copies were done this way, one of the publishing partners said 14 copies were prepared. A single copy is known in the mustared yellow cloth. BAL describes two printings of the book, apparently unaware of the publisher's records. The frist printing, says BAL, has the Franklin Press printer's slug on the copyright page; the second has the slug of John Wilson.


Points and spine ends gently rubbed, front inner hinge cracked, gilt still brite else a very good copy

SOLD 2010

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