Description: 8vo (185 x 122mm.), FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO WILHELMINE VON HILLERN ("To Frau von Hillern | from one who has read with | pleasure + profoundly admires | "Geier-Wally" - | Mark Twain | Kronkenheit-Tölz | August, 1893. | [Now I've gone + left the | "Die" out! But I was | born careless (dumm | geboren.] SLC") on the half-title, 2pp. publisher's adverts at front and 32pp. dated March 1893 at end, original pictorial red cloth, floral endpapers, collector's green morocco backed folding box, upper board a little bubbled, interior upper hinge slightly split, some spotting
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: see BAL 3436; see Johnson (1910) pp.67-68
Provenance: Mabel Zahn; her sale, Freemans, 20 June 1975 [?], lot 122; Ronald von Klaussen; Argosy Book Store, c.1993; Nick Karanovich, Fort Wayne; his sale, Sotheby's New York, 19 June 2003, lot 73
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