(New York: Sheldon & Company, ). 194 x 130 mm. (7 1/2 x 5"). 47,  (ad) pp. FIRST EDITION, First State (without advertisement for Ball, Black & Co. on copyright page).
Publisher's green cloth, blind-stamped border, upper cover with gilt titling. With 12 in-text illustrations (11 of which are full-page). Front free endpaper with ownership signature in purple ink. BAL 3326. Corners a little worn and one slightly bumped, paper a shade less than bright and with a couple of negligible stains or smudges internally, but overall a near fine copy in very good condition.
This is an attractive copy of Clemens' third book, in which the author concocts two fanciful "autobiographical" short stories, neither of which have anything to do with his real life or relations. The illustrations here are equally unconnected: they illustrate the children's nursery rhyme "The House that Jack Built," replacing the original characters with satirical representations of robber barons and corrupt politicians. (ST12876)
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