Twelvemo, viii, 9-319pp. Maroon cloth boards, titles stamped in gilt on spine and cover. Overall rubbed, some fraying at edges, lose joints, but reinforced. Previous owners bookplates affixed to front endpaper, verso of front free endpaper and rear paste down. Library stamps on front paste down and copyright page. House in attractive clamshell case, cloth boards, red morocco spine, title in gilt on spine with raided bands and decorative gilt. Inscription on front free endpaper reads: “This book was published in 1880 – one year before entered so it says – see title page – It means that the thieves never entered it at all does it not?” Inscribed by author Mark Twain: “Pirated edition, I suppose! Mark Twain.” Most recently from the collection of actor and comedian Robin Williams. (BAL 3624) An incredible association copy.
Comments: This scarce “Pirated Edition” was originally obtained by Revered L.M Powers of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Revered Powers inscribed the note found on the front free papers to Mr. Clemens, who replied “Pirated Edition, I suppose!” Provenance: First sold at auction in 1911, from “A Remarkable Collection of Association Copies and First Editions formed by the Rev. L.M. Powers.” Purchased by William F. Gable, with additional ownership notations from St. Joseph’s Seminary and later the library of Mary C. Young. From the collection of actor and comedian, Robin Williams. Sold at Sotheby’s in 2018.