New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1907. Item #01052
First Edition, First Printing
First State Frontispiece
TWAIN, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens). Christian Science. With Notes Containing Corrections To Date. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1907.
First edition, first printing, with statement "Published February, 1907," boxed advertisement for Uniform Edition with seventeen titles listed and six titles under the heading "Other Books by Mark Twain," list of illustrations set in eight lines including heading, and misprint in the text at page 123.2 "Autobiograyhy;" first state frontispiece with facsimile signature captioned "." Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 1/4 in; 195 x 133 mm). , 362 pp. Frontispiece with tissue guard.
Publisher's original red "cornhuskers" cloth. Gilt lettered spine. Gilt cornhuskers vignette to upper cover. Original owner's signature to title page. Small ink stain to page four with offset to blank verso of page three. Minimal fading to spine. Otherwise a fine copy.
"Contrary to his popular image Twain was actually intrigued by the possibilities of 'mental sciences.' He wrote a number of manuscripts that explored the concept of reality existing only in the mind, but left them unfinished. In this book he primarily attacks Mary Baker Eddy, disputing her authorship of Science and Health, and questioning her motives" (Macdonnell, The Primary First Editions of Mark Twain in Firsts, Volume 8, Nos. 7/8).