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The New York Times, April 11, 1951

Top Price Brought by Author's Own Copy of 'Jumping Frog'

HOLLYWOOD, April 10 (AP) - Mark Twain's library was sold at auction today and the author's own copy of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" brought top price.

Max Hunley, rare book dealer of Los Angeles, bought the volume for $325. It was the small copy - 5 by 8 inches - the late writer used on his lecture tours sixty and seventy years ago.

Book lovers from all sections of the country vied for portions of the author's collection of 3,000 volumes. E. F. Whitman, auction manager, estimated the first 800 books auctioned brought more than $5,000.

Mr. Whitman said many bids were sent in by mail and telegram. One penciled letter enclosed 25 cents and begged "for just any little item - no matter how small."

Mrs. Clara Clemens Samossoud, the author's only surviving child and wife of Jacques Samossoud, orchestra conductor, decided to auction the last of her father's effects and her home so she and her husband would be free to travel.

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