1919 · New York & London
First edition: Twain's favorite of all his books — Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc — with the text excerpted for younger readers, giving the introductory essay and the final chapter of that work in order to provide an overview of St. Joan's life and accomplishments. The attractively printed volume is illustrated with => four mounted, color-printed plates by Howard Pyle and with additional tinted decorations by Wilfred J. Jones. In Twain's negotiations with Harper's Monthly about the original serialized publication of the full-length work, the author specified that Pyle was, as the magazine later informed the artist, "the one man in this or any other country who can make pictures for [the piece]."
This is the first edition, first issue, with the copyright page marked May, 1919, "D-T," and the endpapers printed in green.
BAL 3683; McBride 247. Publisher's cloth, front cover with affixed color-printed illustration framed in wide gilt border, in original sage-colored dust jacket with affixed color-printed rondel vignette; volume showing (only) minimal shelf wear, jacket with upper edges chipped, one small hole in back wrapper, and extremities reinforced with cellophane tape some time ago. Top edge gilt. Some signatures unopened. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean. => Classic Twain, classic Pyle. (Inventory #: 38399)