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#525 - Samuel L. Clemens

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Owned by Twain’s lecture manager

Choice ink signature and inscription, “To my friend Pond, Mark Twain, York Harbor, June 29, ’2,” tipped into James Pond’s copy of The American Claimant and Other Stories and Sketches. Later printing. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1899. Hardcover, 6 x 8.5, 538 pages. Also signed inside on one of the plates in pencil by the illustrator, J. Allen St. John. The book was professionally rebound using as much of the original binding as possible, and retains Pond’s bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Includes an additional custom-made leatherbound clamshell presentation case. The signature is in fine condition, book in very good condition. The owner, James Burton Pond, was a Medal of Honor recipient for his ‘extraordinary heroism’ in the Battle of Baxter Springs during the Civil War, and went on to become a highly successful lecture manager whose clients included Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and Henry Morton Stanley. Among the tours he managed were Twain’s 1884–85 tour of public readings with George Washington Cable, as well as Twain’s worldwide tour in 1895–96. An outstanding piece with excellent historical and literary associations. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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