[Mark Twain (contributor)]. Paul M. Pearson. The Humorous Speaker. A Book of Humorous Selections for Reading and Speaking. New York: Hinds, Noble & Eldredge, . First edition, without code letters beneath the copyright notice. Octavo (7.5 x 5.25 inches; 190 x 135 mm.). xiv, 352, [2, ads] pages, title-page printed in red and black. Publisher's dark blue ribbed cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt and stamped in white, front board ruled in black; top edge of the text block gilt, others trimmed; plain endpapers. Covers very lightly rubbed; spine ends and corners slightly worn; corners very slightly bent. Text block just barely sagging; very light foxing to the endpapers; a few leaves creased in the upper corner. Near fine. Contains two Mark Twain stories, "Christian Science" and "The Golden Arm," as well as contributions from George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle and many others. (#10207).