Here are Values of a Mark Twain Autograph
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Mark Twain Autograph
A Mark Twain autograph is not very rare, but as one of America’s top authors of all time, a Mark Twain autograph is in great demand. The most money for a Mark Twain autograph will be for anything signed on or regarding “Huckleberry Finn” or “Tom Sawyer”. Here are some examples that we at NateDSanders.com sold:
Very Nice Copy of “Tom Sawyer” With a Mark Twain Autograph
Excellent copy of “Tom Sawyer,” dated 10 May 1899 with a nice Mark Twain autograph. Inscribed on front free endpaper: “Truly Yours Mark Twain / May 10, 1899.” London: Chatto and Windus: 1899. A later edition of the classic that became the wellspring of American literary fiction, with wood-engraved illustrations by True Williams. In this quintessentially American novel, Twain introduces Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and their mischievous adventures in antebellum Missouri. With one marginal small tear to preface, light toning and occasional staining to pages. Original blue cloth boards with gilt lettering. Spine is rubbed and frayed at head and foot with cracking hinges, some page loosening and rubbed corners. Very good overall. Dark Mark Twain autograph. Sold for $7,500.
Exceedingly rare Mark Twain autograph on a first edition, first printing of ”Eve’s Diary.” London and New York: Harper and Brothers: 1906. Inscription on front pastedown reads: ”To Mrs. K.C. Tapley with compliments of The Author / Clothes make the man, but they do not improve the woman. Yours Truly, Mark Twain / Feb/08”. Twain’s inscription is a playful response to critics who condemned the ”pornographic” illustrations throughout the book, which depicted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. All fifty-five pen and ink illustrations by Lester Ralph are present as are first printing points, ”Published June, 1906” on copyright page and ”London and New York” on title page. 5.5” x 8” book is in very good condition, in original red-cloth boards. Minor foxing throughout and toning to edges. Three photographs of Twain are also affixed to the book on the front free end paper and title page, the first of which is captioned, ”Died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday April 21/10 at Redding, Conn, US”. Housed in a satin-lined slipcase. Scarce signed copy of Mark Twain’s lesser known masterpiece, showcasing the author’s beloved wit. Sold for $4,915.
Samuel Clemens signs one of his pithy sayings with his given name and also with his alter ego, Mark Twain. The novelist, who is the most often quoted American writer, writes, ”Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard & give you opportunity to commit more. Yours truly / Samuel L. Clemens / Mark Twain / July ’77.” Note measures 6.5” x 6.5”. Toning from previous framing, else near fine. Excellent dual Mark Twain autograph. Sold for $4,153.
Mark Twain autograph signed twice on a first edition compilation set. The American literary great signs ”Mark Twain / S. L. Clemens” to a tipped-in fly-leaf of the first volume in ”The Works of Mark Twain: Definitive Edition”, Gabriel Wells: New York: 1922. 35-volume set is No. 521 of 1,024. Twain signed leaves to be tipped-in once the set was published, as he had accurately predicted his death would precede the books’ release. Each volume is bound in beige paper boards with blue cloth spine and spine titles on printed paper, measuring approximately 5” x 8”. Original dustjackets ranging from poor to fair accompany 32 of the 35 volumes. Books are near fine given age, with only the slightest shelf wear to edges. Signed volume is bumped at the top right of the front board and has pencil notations to the front free endpaper and a tiny stain to the tipped-in leaf, else near fine. Its accompanying rare dustjacket has a detached flap and paper loss to the spine base, else near fine. A well-preserved, very desirable set. Nice dual Twain autograph. Sold for $3,355.