Monthly Auction Open For Bidding
Auction Ends August 13
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About US   Featured Lots 
If you don't have a Bidder Number, register now to bid!
back button 30 Minute Rule Begins on the Evening of August 13 at 7 PM ET
An Initial Bid Must Be Placed By 6 PM ET To Participate After 7 PM ET
Item   Title MB Now at Next bid Bids New bid Max bid  
627   Samuel L. Clemens  $300 $330 $363 3 You must login to place a bid.

#627 - Samuel L. Clemens

click to enlarge
Mouse Over to Zoom/Click to Enlarge

Mark Twain’s riddle: “I answer respectfully when respectfully addressed, but offensively when offensively addressed”

Intriguing unsigned handwritten manuscript in pencil by Clemens, one page, 5.5 x 5.25, no date. Clemens jots down and edits a riddle. In full: “I never speak except when spoken to: I answer respectfully when respectfully addressed, but offensively when offensively addressed; I forget a thing as soon as I hear it; yet I can always recal [sic] it & repeat it as soon as I am always ready to talk, yet indifferant [sic] to conversation, & take no interest in any subject. I could talk when I was not ten seconds old, & the moment I cease to be able to talk I shall die. Echo (or telephone).” He has also crossed out a few lines. In fine condition, with a rough top edge and slight brushing to pencil. This was originally sold in the 1911 Anderson auction of Clemens’s library, lot 73, loosely inserted in a copy of a facsimile edition of William Caxton’s 1489 printing of The Statutes of Henry VII. As with many new innovations and inventions, Clemens was quite interested in the telephone—he had one installed in his Nook Farm home as soon as they were available, and he made the device a critical part of his 1878 burlesque story ‘The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton.’ A thought-provoking piece by the witty American writer. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

This item is Pre-Certified!
Purchase a third-party full letter of authenticity for $100.
No extra postage and no long delays!
Click here if you are interested.

back button
Help links  
Learn more about our autograph authentication experts...
Buyer's Premium   The Bidder acknowledges and agrees that a 22.5% buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price on all individual lots, with a 2.5% discount for those paying by cash, check or wire. For additional information view our complete terms and conditions.
Your bid is a contract  Placing a bid online means you agree to abide by the terms and conditions listed by RRAuction.
Payment methods accepted  Money Order, Cashier's Check, Personal Check, or Wire Transfer. Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, or Discover are only accepted up to $5,000.
Payment for items won in auction 434 is due by Monday, August 25th unless prior arrangements have been made. Late payment may result in suspension of your bidding privileges.
Further descriptions You can call us or email us if you'd like us to answer questions about these items.