Hard Cover. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1909. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first issue lacking both Greenwood's The Shakespeare Problem Restated leaf in front and the 2-page ad for Greenwood at rear, American issue (lacking rubber stamp to copyright page), with "epuipped" misprint to p. 55, line 5. Publisher's green cloth stamped in gilt, top edge gilt. Very good, some wear to spine tips and corners, small worm hole to outer spine hinge and interior rear hinge, a few light scratches and spots to rear panel, small spot to top edge gilt, binding slightly shaken, interior clean and bright. Overall, an attractive copy. BAL 3509. In this work, Twain explores the Baconian theory of Shakespeare: the idea that Sir Francis Bacon was the true author of William Shakespeare's plays. Twain himself was exposed to this idea from an early age, stating that in his formative years upon a steamboat, he and the captain of the boat would often debate the issue. The Baconian theory reached its height of popularity around the turn of the century. Though Twain quotes many contemporary authors in his argument, he ultimately concedes the satirical nature of this book.