Hartford, Conn: American Publishing Company, 1899. First Edition. The original prospectus with a reproduction of the title page for Volume II of "The Innocents Abroad" and the sample leather spine affixed inside rear cover. 16 photogravures (including frontispiece portrait of Twain) with titled tissue guards, complete.  pp text. A special title page monogram designed by Tiffany and Company and engraved by W. H. W. Bicknell is a distinguishing characteristic of the Autograph Edition, Author's De Luxe Edition, Edition De Luxe, Japan Edition, and Royal Edition. This page appears in the prospectus and in each volume of these sets. It features an SLC monogram surrounded by scenes from Mark Twain's life including a boat, stagecoach, train, and his home in Hartford, Connecticut. The lower left corner features a cabin depicting his humble birthplace in Florida, Missouri. Publisher's pebbled brown leather with gilt lettering to front cover; marbled endpapers; TEG; deckled page edges. Rubbing to spinewear to extremities; small loss of leather at spine ends; a very good copy of the scarce prospectus. Item #18453
Sold by subscription, buyers had the opportunity to choose their own bindings. Choices included red full leather; three-quarter leather; marble boards bound in leather; spines with gilt lettering; and buckram cloth with paper labels. Top edges of pages are gilt; side and bottom edges are deckled or ragged. The average price of the Autograph Edition was $200.