The American Claimant

The American Claimant

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

Year: 1892

Publisher: Charles L Webster & Co

Place: New York


[1]-[xvi]+17-277+[1]+[8 ads] pages with 23 black and white illustrations. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4). Issued in olive green cloth with gilt lettering and black pictorial to spine and cover. First American edition.

Mark Twain "No weather will be found in this book. This is an attempt to pull a bookthrough without weather. It being the first attempt of the kind infictitious literature, it may prove a failure, but it seemed worth thewhile of some dare-devil person to try it, and the author was in just themood.Many a reader who wanted to read a tale through was not able to do itbecause of delays on account of the weather. Nothing breaks up anauthor's progress like having to stop every few pages to fuss-up theweather. Thus it is plain that persistent intrusions of weather are badfor both reader and author.Of course weather is necessary to a narrative of human experience.That is conceded. But it ought to be put where it will not be in theway; where it will not interrupt the flow of the narrative. And it oughtto be the ablest weather that can be had, not ignorant, poor-quality,amateur weather. Weather is a literary specialty, and no untrained handcan turn out a good article of it. The present author can do only a fewtrifling ordinary kinds of weather, and he cannot do those very good.So it has seemed wisest to borrow such weather as is necessary for thebook from qualified and recognized experts--giving credit, of course.This weather will be found over in the back part of the book, out of theway. See Appendix. The reader is requested to turn over and helphimself from time to time as he goes along."


Previous owner's book plate on front paste down with offset darkening to end paper, spine heal rubbed through, corners and spine, else a better than very good copy.

SOLD 2014

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