The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

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

Year: 1906

Publisher: Harper & Brothers

Place: New York and London


iv+523 pages with frontispiece, two plates and ten illustrations. Octavo (8" x 5 1/2"). Issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and author's initials on front board encircled by stamped corn with the same design blind-stamped on back board. With the boxed ad on copyright page (BAL 3492; McBride 224) designating first edition, second state.

The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories is a collection of thirty comic short stories by the iconic American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The stories contained span the course of his career, from "Advice to Young Girls" in 1865 to the titular tale in 1904. Although Twain had ample time to refine his short stories between their original publication date and this collection, there is little evidence to suggest he took an active interest in doing so. "A Burlesque Biography" contains only a few minor technical revisions which make it different from the 1871 version found in Mark Twain's "(Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance". "Advice to Little Girls" shows slight revision from its earlier publication in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.


Spine sunned and soiled, corners gently bumped. A good to very good copy lacking dust jacket.


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