Item #3555 The American Claimant. Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens.
The American Claimant
The American Claimant
The American Claimant
The American Claimant
The American Claimant
The American Claimant
The American Claimant

The American Claimant

London: Chatto & Windus, 1902. Later Edition. Hardcover. TEMPORARILY DISCOUNTED. WAS $65. A Very Good copy of this "New Edition" from Chatto & Windus [who also published the first UK Edition in 1892] bound in the original blue cloth with gilt lettering surrounded by some decoration in blind, and with the spine lettered and decorated in gilt, with a 32-page catalogue to the rear, the outer margin of which shows some damage. The pastedowns, free endpapers and a few pages adjacent to each show some foxing. The novel presents a comedy of mistaken identities and multiple role switches involving an American enamored of British hereditary aristocracy and a British Earl entranced by American democracy. In a note appearing prior to the Table of Contents, Twain notes that "The American Claimant" constitutes "the first attempt of the kind in fictitious literature" to "pull a book through without weather." Twain wrote the novel with the help of phonographic dictation and claimed to be the first author ever to do so. Of the work, American Novelist Bobbie Ann Mason stated: "The American Claimant is enormous fun. I'm here to celebrate the mad energy of this strange novel. In it we have the pleasure of seeing Mark Twain's imagination go berserk." A Very Good copy. Very good. Item #3555

Price: $25.00

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