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"Marcus W. Koechig" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 17 Feb 1998 23:29:20 -0500
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At 03:48 PM 2/17/98 -0800, you wrote:
>This past weekend, while passing through a miniscule town in Oregon, I
>entered an antique store and found a hardback copy of Eve's Diary,
>published by Harper and Brothers, 1906, illustrated by Lester Ralph.  I
>have never seen this particular book before  and wondered if, for the
>seven dollars I paid, I got a good deal. The cover is red, with a green
>tree and red apples imprinted on the lower right hand corner.
>Can anyone tell me how many copies of the Harper and Brothers version
>were printed?

I am copying this to the list just in case anyone else is interested in
this information.

"Eve's Diary Translated from the Original MS" was published in London and
New York by Harper & Brothers MCMVI. There should be 109 pages with the
pagination beginning on p. 2.

It also should have 4 blank leaves.

When Jacob Blanck examined copies for the Clemens entry in the
"Bibliography of American Literature," he noted the imprint always was
given as above, and that he had never seen it appearing as "New York and
London." He states "Copies bearing (on the copyright page) the
rubber-stamped notice: 'Printed in U.S. of America' were prepared for

The book appears with and without a period after "MS," but the sequence is
not known. However, a reprint, published in February, 1920, has the period.

The copyright page should have "Published June, 1906."

This story first was published in Harper's Magazine, December, 1905 and its
first book appearnce was in "Their Husband's Wives" in March, 1906.

As to the sort of deal one has made with this purchase, it all depends. To
a collector, there are many points to consider. If the book is in any way
in good condition, the purchase price seems well worth it to me.

Marcus W. Koechig