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Signed by Twain, Carnegie, Edison, and many more

(TWAIN, MARK, ANDREW CARNEGIE, THOMAS EDISON, et al.). Engineers Club Inaugural Banquet Commemorative of the Opening of the New Club House on which occasion Mr. Andrew Carnegie will be the guest of honor Monday, the ninth of December 1907

[New York: Engineer's Club], [1907]

Original Scottish tartan silk, gilt stamped. Engraved by Tiffany & Co., New York. Rebacked in black cloth. 8 leaves and 23 pp list of members, menu, and seating plans. Very good condition. Half morocco case.

Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club’s fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York. Opening with oysters and closing with petits fours, this gathering of American industrialists was entertained by Samuel Clemens, which has signed the volume as Mark Twain. The author’s friend Andrew Carnegie paid for the club, and Twain roasted him gently, stating in part, “just look at Mr. Carnegie’s face. It is all scintillating with fictitious innocence. You might think that he had never committed a crime.”

The elegant volume, engraved by Tuffany & Co., is illustrated with a portrait of Carnegie, a view of the building, and images of the previous two club houses. It is accompanied by Swasey’s original engraved invitation and printed list of attending members and dinner seating. Laid in are newspaper accounts of the event.

Very rare. We have not seen another example.

Provenance: Ambrose Swasey, the Cleveland mechanical engineer, industrialist, and philanthropist.

$12,000