New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912. 1st Edition. Tall narrow octavo, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated self-wraps.
Illustrated publicity pamphlet promoting Harper & Brothers' "Author's National Edition" of Mark Twain’s works. Providing an introduction to the "little known qualities" of the author in a quintessentially Twain-ian style, this amusing yet adulatory brochure elucidates the raconteur's widespread reputation as a revered satirist and literary hero. Published between 1909 and 1916, the 25-volume uniform edition produced by Harper & Brothers was the lowest-priced and thus most accessible issue of the author's oeuvre, widely advertised in newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets such as this. Illustrated in black-and-white with drawings by mainstay Twain illustrators such as J.G. Brown, Frank Vincent du Mond, E. W. Kemble, Frank T. Merrill, Daniel Beard, and others, alongside portraits of Twain. Some edgewear. Very good. Uncommon. Item #4296