Their Books of Association
[Mark Twain (contributor)]. M. E. Wood (compiler). Lawrence and Eleanor Hutton. Their Books of Association. New York: Privately printed, 1905. First edition, limited to 152 numbered copies, of which this is number 77. Presentation copy, inscribed by Eleanor Hutton on the front pastedown: "To William Bliss / I am sure you will find a place for this book about a library which, you liked, in your own library - it goes to you with love from us both. / Eleanor V Hutton / Easter 1905." Octavo (9.125 x 6.125 inches; 230 x 155 mm.). , 208, [2, blank] pages, limitation leaf inserted; bifolium with biographical information for Laurence Hutton laid in. Frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated plate affixed to the verso of the fly-title. Publisher's half vellum over grayish blue paper-covered boards; spine lettered in gilt, gilt-stamped facsimile handwriting sample on the front board; page edges untrimmed; plain endpapers. Covers very lightly dulled with a touch of soiling; boards very lightly rubbed with some gilt worn away on the front board; some minor wear to the board edges. Title page discolored with offsetting from the frontispiece; occasional light marginal soiling. Very good or better. Bookplates of Laurence Hutton and William Bliss on the front free endpaper (mild offsetting opposite). Printed at the De Vinne Press. A catalogue of the presentation copies in the Huttons' library, printed in a number to give a copy to each of the living authors included. This appears to be given to a friend, as there is no entry for William Bliss.
Includes a first printing of a Mark Twain letter on pages 66-67 as well as catalog entries for Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and first Romance (page 29), The Celebrated Jumping Frog (page 129) and The Gilded Age (page 129), with their inscriptions transcribed. (#10201).