10 January 1868 • Washington, D.C.
(Transcripts: AAA 1927, lot 109; Parke-Bernet Galleries 1940,
lot 188, UCCL 00178)
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Where did these 3 books end up?
According to the second explanatory note for SLC to Charles Henry Webb, 15 Jan 1868, “The ‘books’ were three copies of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County which Clemens had requested (10 Jan 68 to Webb). Clemens sent one of the copies to Charles Langdon, who inscribed it “C. J. Langdon, Elmira, New York, Feby. 5th, 1868.” Another was probably sent to Mrs. Fairbanks, and others had already been promised to Henry Ward Beecher and to Emma Beach’s mother, both of whom Clemens saw in Brooklyn before the month was out (Parke-Bernet Galleries 1941, lot 90;20 Feb 68 to Fairbanks; 8 Jan 68 to Beach).
Was French & Richardson’s selling bootleg versions of “The Jumping Frog” that had been printed in England? Hope to make some sort of determination here.
For quick reading: Mark Twain and The Jumping Frog [Humor in America blog]