Safe passage is assured to the savvy collector who claims this rare signed photo. More than just a collectible, this exhilarating antique is steeped in cultural significance. Known popularly by his pen name “Mark Twain”, Samuel L. Clemens has been hailed as “The Father of American Literature” and author of “the Great American Novel”. Offered is a 1907 A.F. Bradley photo of Clemens signed as “Mark Twain”. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake left one of Twain’s literary friends, Ina Coolbrith, homeless. Having already offered his support, Twain was solicited for additional assistance in the matter by author G.W. James, who suggested Twain sit for photographer Bradley and autograph the resultant photos, which would then be sold with the proceeds going to Coolbrith‘s relief. Mounted to a 10-1/4 x 14-1/2” backer, the offered 6-1/2 x 9” photo absolutely dazzles with exceptional preservation quality, image composition and resolution. Signed just below the photo, Twain’s autograph shows expected minor fading, yet retains (“7-8”) integrity. The backer shows relatively minor wear in regards to its considerable age, with deference to one light fold crease that is fairly unobtrusive and does not affect the signature. Full photo LOA from JSA.
We note that another example from this same photographic sitting was sold at public auction in 2012 for over $5,000.00.