Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark (pseudonym for Samuel Clemens)

Life on the Mississippi

Twain, Mark (pseudonym for Samuel Clemens)

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, 1883
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First edition, second state. Slight cocking of text block, with front board jutting out over rear board a tad. Newer gray endpapers. A few minor closed tears, and the pages are age toned. Otherwise, clean and a tight copy. Minor wear to extremities of original decorated brown cloth spine. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Life on the Mississippi
Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company
Publication Date: 1883
Binding: Decorated Cloth
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First edition.

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TWAIN, Mark [pseudonym of CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne] (1835-1910)
Published by London: Chatto and Windus, 1883 (1883)
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Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB
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Book Description London: Chatto and Windus, 1883, 1883. [Literature] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (19 x 13cm), [xxvi]; 561; [xxxiv] publisher's advertisements. Publisher's red cloth lettered in gilt to spine, decorated in black to boards, patterned endpapers. Pictorial frontispiece with tissue guard. Reading lean, spotting to tissue guard otherwise generally internally clean, some splits to the endpapers along the gutters toning to edges. Damp staining and bubbling to cloth of upper board, affecting the margins of the first few pages. Good. Mark Twain details his time spent as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. The book was made into a TV movie in 1980 of the same name, and later adapted into musicals. Seller Inventory # 52156

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TWAIN, Mark [pseudonym of CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne] (1835-1910)
Published by London: Chatto and Windus, 1883 (1883)
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Book Description London: Chatto and Windus, 1883, 1883. [Travel/Adventure] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.[xxvi]; 561; [1], blank; [1], imprint; [1], blank; 32, catalogue dated March 1883. With over 300 illustrations. Publishers red cloth pictorially blocked in black and gilt, floral-patterned endpapers. A very good copy with some expected spotting, binding gently used, wear to lower corners. Shows well. One of Conde Nast's '86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time'. Seller Inventory # 51594

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Twain, Mark (Pseudonym of Samuel Clemens)
Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston
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Book Description James R. Osgood and Company, Boston. 1883, 1st American Edition, 1st State, Intermediate A. (Leatherbound) Good. 624pp. 8vo. In original publisher's full speckled-calf (as offered in the publisher's prospectus). Red morocco labels to spine, lettered and ruled in gilt. Binding worn; hinges cracking, boards remain secure; leather rubbed, corners raw; morocco labels faded, cracked and chipped; leather chipping at head and heel of spine. Evidence of minor amateur repairs; faint evidence of repair glue at heel of spine and front hinge; head of spine and rear hinge reinforced beneath with buckram (leather laid back down). With these blemishes duly noted, the binding remains acceptably sound with the textblock entirely secure. All edges marbled; top edge dust-darkened, as expected. Matching marbled EPs. Previous owner's rubber name stamp at head of title page. Else, the textblock is generally clean; free of underling, marginalia, or any other such blemishes. Occasional small spot of dirtying; p.65 soiled, with corresponding age-toning. Verso final leaf dirtied (as if rubbed with ink transfer?). Profusely illustrated throughout with more than 300 illustrations. This copy is a First Edition, First State, Intermediate A, as described by McBride and the BAL. The tail piece on p.441 depicting Twain surrounded by flames is present, while the caption on p.443 has been corrected to "The St. Charles Hotel." with all points and blemishes considered, this remains an entirely acceptable copy of this desirable title at an accessible price. BAL 3411. McBride 84-85ff. Pseudonym of Samuel Clemens. Seller Inventory # 122144

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Twain, Mark [pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens]
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Book Description 1883. With Over 300 Illustrations. London: Chatto & Windus, 1883. 32 pp ads dated March 1883. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black. First Edition, which was published five days before the American one (and is considerably scarcer: although the number of English copies is not known, we would surmise that it might have been no more than one-tenth of the 50,000 American copies).~LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI is really two books combined. The first twenty-one chapters are his early impressions of the great river., written [and serialized] in 1875 [and] here reprinted, with the balance of the book, chapter twenty-two to the end, being his [new] story of his trip down the river as an honored guest. [Johnson].~This copy has a March 1883 ad catalogue, which is the earliest we have seen (the book was actually published in May 1883); Blanck notes that copies have ads dated as late as 1889, and in fact we have had a copy with ads dated July 1893.~This is a near-fine copy of this handsomely-bound book: there is one tiny nick in the spine head, and there is a little faint foxing within. Atypically, the bright red spine is not very faded and the delicate patterned endpapers are not cracked. Blanck 3410; McBride p. 86 (rebound -- the Hartford collections do not include a copy in original cloth, which is why this title is not pictured with the other Chatto & Windus Twain bindings on p. 154); Johnson p. 43. Seller Inventory # 14113

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