The Mark Twain books are from my late husbands collection as a Dealer and collector of books. This edition has the signature mark of "11" on page 161. The book condition is excellent with the exception of a piece at top of original brown cloth cover at spine. The frontispiece and parchment sheet is loose but no damage. The binding is tight and no marks in book. Ex Libris seal on inside of front board with from owners name . My husband has written in light pencil 1sr ed 1st issue (Hartford only) Twain was born two weeks after Halley's Comet's closest approach in 1835; he said in 1909:
I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together".
Twain's prediction was accurate; he died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut, one day after the comet's closest approach to Earth.
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