A Dog’s Tale. By Mark Twain. First Edition, First Printing. Harper & Bros. New York, 1904.

$200.00

Among Mark Twain’s numerous celebrated works, there is none so endearing for dog lovers as A Dog’s Tale. It is a short story told from the perspective of a dog who observes and attends to her owners thoughtfully, but also has hopes and dreams of her own. The story is comical at times, as one would expect from Twain’s brilliant humor. Yet it is also tragic, becoming a moral tale about treating pets kindly in the end. For this reason, it is considered an early example of animal rights literature, a rare and fairly unrecognized part of Twain’s legacy. The work was circulated by the National Anti-Vivisection Society in 1903 and has been cited by other animal rights organizations as a major work. Twain also wrote publicly in opposition to animal cruelty and experimentation before the publication of A Dog’s Tale, but of course his fiction helped to circulate the ideals further.

This first edition, first printing is in very good condition. In the original red cloth boards, very good with some soiling, rubbing, and fading, mainly to spine. Text block very good, only some creases and small chipping to a few pages, not affecting text or plates. All plates present. Former owners inscription to front free endpaper. Preceded only by the Harper’s Magazine publication and the first British edition, but this first American edition tends to be preferred.

A very good first edition of A Dog’s Tale.

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A Dog’s Tale. By Mark Twain. First Edition, First Printing. Harper & Bros. New York, 1904.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in