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Mark Twain / Bayard Taylor signatures

1878 (Taylor).

Mark Twain and Bayard Taylor. Two literary figures of the nineteenth century. Two signatures, originally separate but affixed back-to-back. Side one signed "very truly yours, Bayard Taylor, 1878." black ink, 1878, np. Side two signed "Mark Twain." blue ink, nd., np. Signatures of two famous American literary figures of the nineteenth century. Mark Twain, the pseudonym of Samuel Clemens, is best known for his masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and was a renowned satirist who has since become one of the icons of American literature. Bayard Taylor was a poet and journalist for the New York Tribune who became best known for the accounts of his worldly travels including Views Afoot, or Europe seen with Knapsack and Staff (1846), A Journey to Central Africa; or, Life and Landscapes from Egypt to the Negro Kingdoms of the White Nile (New York, 1854); The Lands of the Saracen; or, Pictures of Palestine, Asia Minor, Sicily and Spain (1854); and A Visit to India, China and Japan in the Year 1853 (1855). The connection of the two authors’ signatures is not spurious. After Taylor was appointed U.S. minister to Germany, Twain and Taylor traveled on the same ship from the United States to Berlin in 1878, on which the two developed a fast friendship. Unfortunately, Taylor grew ill not long after the crossing, and passed away on December 19th of the same year. Both signatures are clear and boldly inked.

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