Sonora, California: The Banner, 1924. First Edition. Paperback. 96 pages. Frontis photo of Twain, five illustrations. Signed by the author on the title page. Stapled stiff green wraps with titles in black. Spine rubbed, light wear to front, some soiling to back wrap. Bumps to front margin of first two pages, text clean, binding tight. Good Plus. Item #74783
Steve Gillis [1838-1913] was one of Twain's closest Nevada friends. Gillis trained as a typesetter and was foreman of the Territorial Enterprise when Twain joned the paper in 1862. In 1894 Gillis moved to Jackass Hill where he lived with his brothers James and William, both of whom were miners. In parts of 1864 and 1865 he lived with Steve and his brother William, and it was at Angels Camp in February, 1865 that he first heard a version of the Jumping Frog story.
William Gillis died in 1924.