Nov 30, 2006 - Sale 2095

Sale 2095 - Lot 292

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
TWAIN, MARK. Autograph Quotation Signed, "Mark Twain," with a note to first "Angel-Fish" Dorothy Butes, "Consider well the proportions of things: it is better to be a young junebug than an old bird of paradise." With a postscript Signed with initials, "You owe me a visit, Dorothy dear. Come, pay up & save your character!" <1/2> page, single oblong small 4to sheet, tissue paper; some foxing, folds. [Stormfield], 25 December 1908

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a note to an angel-fish on old age, quoting from pudd'nhead wilson. Butes was the first of Twain's "Angel-Fish," a nickname given by Twain to a group of young girls whom he befriended as surrogate grandchildren in his old age and with whom he formed "the Aquarium Club." While many letters passed to and from his "Angel-Fish" from 1906-10, few appear at auction.