by Humphrey, Harry E.
[TWAIN, MARK] [Clemens, S. L.] Edison, Thomas. BUCK FANSHAW'S FUNERAL. [n.p., Edison Laboratories, 1912] Cylinder record (Edison Amberol Record). In original fleece-lined sleeve, without lid. This was the famous chapter (17) from ROUGHING IT describing the death of the violent saloon keeper, recited by the famous elocutionist Harry E. Humphrey. Edison produced wax cylinders as early as 1888, and had "brown wax" cylinders in the market in the early 1890s, and stopped production of his amerol cylinders in November, 1912. This four minute cylinder (number 1127 in Edison's Amberol series) was issued in October, 1912, and was in the market a very short period of time. Humphrey recorded several Edison cylinders and records between 1910 and 1922. Although Twain's voice was recorded several times, no recording of Twain's voice survives, and this recording by Humphrey is the earliest sound recording of one of Twain's works. (Inventory #: 22333)