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Samuel L. Clemens

Mark Twain



Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, 18351910.  American author and humorist.  Dual signatures, Saml L. Clemens / Mark Twain, on a 2½” x 4¼” card.

The New York Times declared that Twain was the “greatest American humorist of his age.”  William Faulkner called him the “father of American literature.”  His most famous writings are classics still read today:  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  Indeed, Huckleberry Finn has been called “the Great American novel.”  Twain’s numerous other works include both novels, such as The Gilded Age, and travel works, such as The Innocents Abroad and A Tramp Abroad.

A native Missourian, Twain grew up in Hannibal, a Mississippi River town in northeast Missouri that formed the backdrop for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  Twain said that he took his pen name from the riverboatmen’s call when the boat reached safe water depth—two fathoms, 12 feet, or “mark twain.”

This card is virtually pristine.  It is clean and bright and still has its original sheen.  Twain has signed with a beautiful dual signature, signing his renowned pen name beneath his given name in brown fountain pen.  He has added a paraph beneath the second signature.  There is slight brushing to the “S” in Saml, likely from Twainʼs own hand.  The card has a couple of small indentions in the upper right corner, not affecting the signatures.  Overall the card is in very fine condition.

This piece was custom framed as a History In Ink Original.™   It is beautifully double matted in claret suede with two photos of Twain, inlaid gilt wood fillet, and a brass identification plate and is framed in mottled gilt wood frame to an overall size of 11½” x 22½”.



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