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Legends of the West: Western & Native American Sale

Sat, Sep 23, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 137

1907 1st Edition Mark Twain "A Horse's Tale"

Estimate: $600 - $1,200

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Featured in this lot is a 1907, First Edition, "A Horse's Tale" by Mark Twain. "A Horse's Tale" is one of Mark Twain’s lighter writings about different perspectives on life, mainly from the vantage point of Soldier Boy - renowned Buffalo Bill’s horse, as well as an orphaned little girl, Cathy. The setting for this novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), is a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry. When the general's orphaned niece arrives, Buffalo Bill takes her under his wing and ultimately lends her Soldier Boy, so they may seek adventure together. Twain uses the friendship between the girl and the horse as the basis for his eventual indictment of the barbarism of Spanish bullfighting. Filled with sharp humor, satire, and sadness, the book deals with the impressions in life, the reasons for existing, all from the perspective of a little girl and her horse. A Horse’s Tale is a must read by both Mark Twain fans and people who enjoy a masterfully written story with hidden elements. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was praised as the "greatest humorist the United States has produced", and William Faulkner called him "The Father of American Literature". This red clothbound stamped hardcover book is in very nice condition with very slight scuffing to cover edges. Intact pages exhibit age tanning, very slight foxing, and no other obvious marring noted. Measures 8.25"L x 5.25"W x .75"D approximately.*

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