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Museum receives Twain first editions

Henry Sweets of the Mark Museum Twain Boyhood Home and Museum displays two of the first edition copies of Mark Twain books that were recently donated by Hannibal native Raymond Ewing.
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Posted: Dec. 6, 2019 10:35 am Updated: Dec. 6, 2019 3:22 pm

HANNIBAL |Raymond P. Ewing, a Hannibal native, recently donated several first editions of Mark Twain's works to the Mark Twain Museum.

Ewing was born and raised in Hannibal and in the mid-1970s he became interested in Mark Twain's river career. Traveling to Twain sites and historic river towns across the country, Ewing collected images of many of the steamboats Mark Twain piloted during his river days. Ewing had enlargements made and exhibited them in Hannibal during the country's bicentennial in 1976. This led to his monograph Mark Twain's Steamboat Years: The Years of Command, published in 1981. His collection of riverboat images was donated to the Mark Twain Museum in 1981.

Over the years as Ewing obtained many books on and about Mark Twain, including first editions. His recent donation to the museum includes first editions of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and first Romance, Life on the Mississippi, two copies of Mark Twain's Sketches New and Old, and two copies of The 1,000,000 Pound Bank-Note.

Included in Ewing's donation to the museum is a bound set of pages from Harper's Magazine with the serialized version of Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. This collection will be known as the "Raymond P. Ewing Family Collection" and is a welcome addition for the Mark Twain Museum archives.

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