Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company, 1894. Frank M. Senior, Calvin H. Warren. First U.S. Edition (presumed). Hardcover. Contains a brief introductory "A Whisper to the Reader" and a "Final Remarks" by Mark Twain.
Please note additional shipping costs for heavy item. Used - Good. Text box toned from age but clean and unmarked. Binding tight and square. Brown cloth boards with gilt and black lettering/designs embossed on front board and spine. Front and back boards, and spine, have spots of wear/discoloration. Some wear to head and tail of spine. Edges toned with some foxing. Gray endpapers toned. Frontspience B/W photographic portrait of Mark Twain with facsimile of his signature underneath. Tissue guard between frontspiece and title page. B/W line illustrations in margins on every page of main text. 15 x 3 x 23 cm. 432 pp. / No dust jacket. Item #5912
Collection of two stories: "Pudd'nhead Wilson" starts on page 17 and ends on page 303; "Those Extraordinary Twins" starts on page 305 and ends on page 431.
The story behind the publication of this First U.S. Edition of Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins has been described as follows:
The history of the composition of Pudd'nhead Wilson is a complicated one. In 1891 while the family was in Europe Clemens saw the Tocci Siamese twins in exhibition. He was inspired to write a farce titled "Those Extraordinary Twins" which eventually transformed itself, through his creative processes into an entirely different story. Clemens extensively edited the story and transformed it into the story which became "Pudd'nhead Wilson." The final story contains about 53,000 words in 22 chapters and is a tale of two babies who are switched at birth.
In September 1893 Clemens arranged to have the story serialized in Century Magazine. The serial ran from December 1893 to June 1894 with six illustrations by Louis Loeb (b. 1866 - d. 1909). In November 1894 American Publishing Company issued the first edition as a subscription book. In order to add bulk to the relatively short book, publisher Frank Bliss added the excised portion of the original story and called it "Those Extraordinary Twins" along with a short explanation from Clemens describing its relationship to his final version. American Publishing Company titled the book The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins. The book contained about 432 illustrations by relatively unknown artists Frank M. Senior (b. 1849 - d. 1903) and Calvin H. Warren (b. 1853 - d. 1914). The original illustrations appeared around the margins of each page and served a purpose of further adding bulk to the text. Clemens's British publisher Chatto and Windus published the book about the same time but chose to issue only Pudd'nhead Wilson, A Tale and did not include "Those Extraordinary Twins." The British edition utilized the six original illustrations drawn by Louis Loeb for Century Magazine.
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