Here is a fun cross-collectible book for Twain and Denslow collectors: A Tramp Abroad, an omnibus of Twain adventures in Europe, published by American Publishing Co in 1887, copyright 1879. With six illustrations by Wizard of Oz illustrator W W Denslow in chapter 47. The frontispiece,“TITIAN’S MOSES” is a fun poke at fine art, with baby Moses holding a spoon and plate with a frog and crying. According to TwainQuotes.com, “It is a thing which I manufactured by pasting a popular comic picture into the middle of a celebrated Biblical one.” Interestingly, this comic image pops up again in one of the Roycroft books from the period that Denslow was guiding the illuminators: http://roycroftbooks.org/book_job_modiano.htm. So, he definitely was aware of this image, but his involvement in Titian’s Moses is unclear. (Engraving itself is by Pannemaker.) Denslow definitely contributed some of the illustrations in Chapter 47, however, as most are signed with his initials W W D (way before his seahorse monogram.) Also many B&W images by other artists–328 illustrations and 631 pages total! Most of the illustrations were dropped in later editions, circa 1899. There is also a frontis photograph of Twain, with his printed signature.
The book is in very good condition, with light wear to covers, some sun fading to spine, and foxing to front endpapers. Gilt decorations on cover still bright. Binding is a little loose, but holding well, and hinges are intact. Pages are clean with some age toning. A nice early copy of Twain’s work. I saw this book at an antique sale for $800 yesterday!
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