Mark Twain, Autographed Aphorism, Vienna, 1897-1899

Item no. 146322-32
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    • Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain (1835-1910) – American author
    • Black ink on firm paper with three gilt edges, presumably page from an album amicorum
    • No place and date, presumably Vienna, between 1897-1899
    • Autographed aphorism after a quote from 'Pudd'nhead Wilson' with signature
    • Wording: 'Few Things are harder to bear than the annoyance of a good example. Truly Yours, Mark Twain'
    • Dimensions of leaf: 8.8 x 8.8 cm
    • Good condition
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
    Checked by the Art Loss Register
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    This autographed aphorism by Mark Twain is a slightly altered quote from chapter 19 from his novel 'Pudd’nhead Wilson. Those Extraordinary Twins' from 1894: 'Few Things are harder to bear than the annoyance of a good example. Truly Yours, Mark Twain'. The German translation was not released before 1986.

    This autograph was found in an American edition in Vienna, where it was used as book mark, presumably made between 1897 and 1899. Mark Twain resided in the metropolis on the Danube in those days, because his daughter took piano lessons here. The leaf, which presumably originates from an album amicorum, was presumably written on occasion of a reading of Mark Twain in Vienna.

    All in all, the piece of writing is in good condition. The firm paper with three gilt edges is slightly browned, minimally stained and has a horizontal creasemark. It is framed under a green textile mat in a nice frame from the time. Dimensions of leaf: 8.8 x 8.8 cm, dimensions of frame: 23 x 25 cm.

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)
    The American writer is better known by his pseudonym Mark Twain, is most popular for his adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He is a representative of American Realism and is particularly famous for his humorist observations of social conditions and his tartly critique of the American society.

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