Lot #483
Samuel L. Clemens Autograph Letter Signed

Handwritten letter from Clemens, mentioning his latest travel book, "Tramp Abroad"
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Handwritten letter from Clemens, mentioning his latest travel book, "Tramp Abroad"

ALS signed "S. L. Clemens," penned on both sides of his 5 x 3 personal monogrammed stationery, April 8 (no year, circa 1880). Letter to "My Dear 'Jo,'" in full: "I've ordered the 'Tramp Abroad' to be sent to you, but I couldn't write my name in it because I wasn't close enough to it. You write it in, yourself. You can write better than I can, anyway. Give old Bob my love. I hope you both are happy & prospering." In fine condition, with some scattered light toning, mostly to edges. Published in 1880, The Tramp Abroad is the fourth of Mark Twain's six travel books published during his lifetime and is often thought to be an unofficial sequel to the first one, The Innocents Abroad from 1869. A mixture of autobiography and fictional events, the book details a journey by the author, with his friend Harris (a character created for the book, and based on his closest friend, Joseph Twichell), through central and southern Europe.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

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