From an ISU News Release:
One of Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library’s newest additions comes with a little wear on its green cover.
That’s OK. It’s 123 years old.
Barbara Cordell donated the 1889 first edition of “A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain to the library’s special collections department. “Connecticut” wasn’t added before “Yankee” until later editions. The book, illustrated by Dan Beard, includes a hand-written note from Beard stating, “It was more fun illustrating this book than any other I ever tackled.”
Cunningham Memorial Library Dean Alberta Comer described the donation as important because the book is a first edition and signed by the illustrator.
Cinda May, special collections chair, said the book will join the rare book collection and other Twain imprints that the library owns.
“We’re thrilled to have it to add to our literary holdings,” May said. “It’s a terrific example of 19th Century illustrated books.”
Other first editions Cordell plans to donate include: “A Tramp Abroad,” “The Tragedy of Pudd’n’head Wilson,” “Jumping Frog” and “Life on the Mississippi.”