N.p. S.i., 1898. Large, masterfully-executed illustration by Edward Winsor Kemble (1861-1933), used as the frontispiece for the 1899 edition of Mark Twain's novel Pudd'nhead Wilson. Kemble's illustrations were used in two new editions of Twain's work: The American Publishing Company's upscale "Édition de Luxe" of The Writings of Mark Twain (limited to 1,000 numbered copies - Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins was Volume 14), and the "Harper's Library Edition," also published in 1899. Among Kemble's most iconic illustrations, used in hundreds of thousands of copies of the novel printed between 1899 and the end of World War II. Item #4364
Original illustration, composed in pen and ink on thick beige card stock, measuring 25.5cm x 37cm (10" x 14.5") overall (the image itself is 20cm x 30cm). Signed by the artist in ink at lower left corner of image, with holograph title ("Harvesting among the Kitchens - Chap.10") and a few other notations in pencil along lower margins. Uneven loss along upper marginm with oval sticker residue at upper left corner; mild toning to image, light wear to extremities, with some dust-soil and minor staining to margins, and a pair of connected tears at right edge (tape mended on verso); modest toning and some scattered staining on verso; Very Good.