Twain, Mark, A HORSE'S TALE. New York/London: Harper and Brothers, 1907. 1st Ed.
Twain, Mark, A HORSE'S TALE. New York/London: Harper and Brothers, 1907. 1st Ed. decorative red cloth hardcover, 8vo (7.875 x 5.125"), near fine / n.a., viii, 152, , Spine lightly sunned, corners of boards lightly rubbed as the head and tail of spine, else fine. Post card with Twain quote lain loose inside front paste-down, no signatures nor marginalia.
This was Twain's last novel published while he was still living. A Horse's Tale is a novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill's favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry. Harper's Magazine originally published the story in two installments in August and September 1906. Clemens wrote the story after receiving a request from actress Minnie Maddern Fiske to assist in her drive against bullfighting. Harper's published the story as a 153-page book in October 1907. Clemen's daughter Susy Clemens died in 1896 at age 24 of spinal meningitis and is understood to be the inspiration for lead character Cathy Alison. When Clemens provided the story to Harper's, he included a photograph of Susy for the illustrator to use for Cathy.