Hard Cover. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1882. First Edition. Very Good.
First American edition. Publisher's decorative light tan cloth, with an illustration to the front panel of an elephant head in maroon, lettered and decorated in maroon and gilt, pale yellow endpapers. A very good copy with some wear to the spine ends and some light fraying to lower spine, internally very clean and tight. A nice example, free of any repairs or restoration. BAL 3404. The Stolen White Elephant Etc. is a collection of short stories that includes "Concerning the American Language," "Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion," "Punch, Brothers, Punch," "On the Decay and the Art of Lying," "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut," and "About Magnanimous-Incident Literature," among others. In the titular "The Stolen White Elephant," a detective mystery, Twain tells the story of a Siamese white elephant who gets lost in New Jersey while en route to England, where he will be a gift for the Queen.