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About this Item: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1929. The Memorial edition, one of 90 copies bound with an original Mark Twain manuscript page. Octavo, 37 volumes, bound in half morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, plates. The leaf paged "43" includes notes regarding a "whisky conspiracy" against soldiers' health and morals, among other ink jottings. In fine condition. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). "High and fine literature is wine," Twain once wrote, "and mine is only water; but everybody likes water." This beautiful edition of Twain's complete novels, essays and sketches attests to the enduring popularity and power of his works--many of which, despite their author's protestation to the contrary, have come to be regarded as among the finest vintage American literature offers. Among other classics, the set includes A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Seller Inventory # 5103

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Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark (Samuel

Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

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About this Item: Osgood, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Mark Twain on a tipped in page. This First Printing book has all the First Issue points. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with some wear to the panels. The pages are clean with minor wear to the edges. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Mark Twain First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-7607127424

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The Writings of Mark Twain. (Including The: Twain, Mark, Samuel

About this Item: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. The Definitive Edition, one of 1024 numbered sets, with volume one signed by Mark Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive edition and signed 1024 single leaves in 1906 in anticipation of this edition. Octavo, 37 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels. In near fine condition. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). Seller Inventory # 81192

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Mark Twain

Published by North Books (1965)

ISBN 10: 0939495791 ISBN 13: 9780939495795

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About this Item: North Books, 1965. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0939495791

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The Works. [Including The Adventures of Tom: TWAIN, Mark.

About this Item: New York: Harper and Brothers, 1911, 1911. 25 volumes, octavo. Recent burgundy morocco, raised bands to spines, titles and decorations to compartments gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine set. Frontispiece to each volume, occasional illustrations. The Author's national edition. The complete collected works of Twain very handsomely bound in full burgundy morocco. Seller Inventory # 111591

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TWAIN, MARK

Published by Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883 (1883)

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About this Item: Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE, in the original deluxe binding. The first state has the illustration of Twain’s head and urn in flames at page 441 and the “St. Louis” caption on p. 443. Twain’s wife Livy had objected that the illustration, which came at the end of a chapter on cremation, was “morbid.” In the second state the illustration is lacking. This is a very appealing copy of Twain’s autobiographical narrative of his days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. BAL 3411. Original three-quarter calf gilt, deluxe publisher’s binding. Minimal wear. A fine copy. Seller Inventory # ABE-1481835958177

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Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing. A beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the image of Twain in flames on page 441 and with "The St. Louis Hotel" caption on page 443. The book is in excellent condition and is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown cloth. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy in collector's condition. Seller Inventory # ABE-17583594352

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LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI.: Twain Mark (Samuel

Twain Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

Published by Boston James R. Osgood 1883 (1883)

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About this Item: Boston James R. Osgood 1883, 1883. First Edition, First State. Blanck's intermediate A, with the tailpiece of Twain in flames on p.441 still present, and with caption on p.443 corrected to read "The St. Charles Hotel". Profusely illustrated throughout. Tall 8vo, publisher’s original decorated cloth with black stamped decorations and gilt pictorial vignettes on the upper cover, the spine decorated in black and with a large gilt pictorial vignette, lettered in gilt, a.e.g. 624. An uncommonly fine and bright copy, and fine copies are becoming extinct. ONE OF TWAIN’S BEST BOOKS AND A RARE FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL CLOTH OF THIS IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION. Twain writes about his home and his muse-the great Mississippi. "As a dwelling place for civilized man it is by far the first upon our globe." (preface) In this largely autobiographical narrative, Twain gives us a vivid account of his youth on the great river. A brilliant firsthand account of the steamboat age, the science of river piloting, and the life of the river itself from the point of view of those who made their living navigating it. A truly wonderful book and a valued piece of the American legacy. Seller Inventory # 27691

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Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood & Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood & Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Near fine. A beautiful unrestored copy. First State, with the image of Twain in flames on p. 441 and with "The St. Louis Hotel" caption on p. 443. In the original publisher's brown cloth with gilt vignettes on the front board and spine. A stunning copy of Twain's classic memoir. Housed in a custom-made case. Seller Inventory # 1605013

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The Writings of Mark Twain. (Including The: Twain, Mark (Samuel

About this Item: Gabriel Wells, New York, 1922. The Definitive edition, this being number 482 of 1024 numbered sets, with volume one signed by Mark Twain and Albert Bigelow Paine. Octavo, original cloth, 35 volumes. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive edition and therefore signed 1024 single leaves in 1906 in anticipation of this edition. In very good condition with the labels in facsimile to the spine. "To understand America, read Mark Twain. No matter what new craziness pops up in America, I find it described beforehand by him He was never innocent, at home or abroad" (Garry Wills). Seller Inventory # 3697

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Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First state with tailpiece on page 441 depicting urn, flames, and head of Mark Twain and caption on page 443 reading "St. Louis Hotel". Half bound in black leather, gilt stamped spine lettering and decorations; 5 raised bands; gilt lined borders on front and rear panels; all edges marbled. The volume has undergone restoration to the leather on the spine ends and corners, and the hinges have been reinforced. The gilt is partially rubbed away on the spine ends and the cones are bumped. Most of the spine gilt is in very good condition. The font endpaper has chips on all edges (longest being 1"x 1/8" on the top edge), and except for the reinforced hinges and front endpaper chips, the interior is in excellent condition. The book presents really well. Seller Inventory # 18060927

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Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. James R. Osgood, 1883. More than 300 illustrations. First Edition, First State with Twain in flames illustration. Larger, heavy book, brown half-leather, 624 pages. Worn at top tips and nearby edges, tiny surface wear spot near bottom front tip, very slight rubbed spots at spine top and bottom, left and right edges, light rubbing to raised spine edges, gilt fairly bright, marbled end papers, ink name and date (1888) on second front end paper. Near Very Good copy. First Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good. Seller Inventory # 05309

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TWAIN, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood, Boston, 1883. FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE. Frontispiece of the "Baton Rouge" steamboat, over 300 illustrations and 4 appendices. Original brown cloth, covers with gold and black stamped decorations and gilt pictorial vignettes on the upper cover and spine, minor wear to foot of spine; interior excellent. From the library of Grace W. and Ira W. Hoover, with their bookplate. First edition, first issue with the tailpiece depicting Twain's head and urn in flames on pp. 441, (later deleted) as Twain's wife, Livy, objected to the morbidity of the chapter on cremation. Additionally, the caption on pp. 443 reads the "The St. Louis Hotel," which in later issues is corrected to "The St. Charles Hotel."In this largely autobiographical narrative, Twain retells a rich account of his early years navigating the Mississippi River. An illustrative "account of the steamboat age, the science of river piloting, and the life of the river itself from the point of view of those who made their life living it," Life on the Mississippi is revered as a valued piece of the American legacy. Simultaneously published in the United States and Great Britain in 1883, this book explores the history of steamboat culture as a work of fiction, historical text, and travel book. It highlights the ever-present competition from railroads and the new and large cities characterized by greed, tragedy, and gullibility. Lauded at the "Father of American Literature," Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his most-used pen name, Mark Twain, is a hallmark of classic American literature. Known for his other famous works, The adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain is known for his radical civil rights views and often-censored subject matter. His works run the gamut from novels, to collections of letters, to humorous stories about nineteenth century steamboat culture. Seller Inventory # 16197

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Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. First printing, with Twains head in the flames on page 441, but with St. Louis Hotel as the caption on page 443. Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Binding is the publishers original brown cloth with blind-stamping printing and gold pictorial illustrations on the front and spine. Binding is in near fine condition, slight wear to the spine ends. Contents clean. 624 pages. Overall a nice copy of a scarce first issue in original cloth. 6 ½ x 9 inches. BAL 3411. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #C-103. Price: $3,500. Language: eng. Seller Inventory # C-103

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Life on The Mississippi: Twain, Mark [Clemens,

Twain, Mark [Clemens, Samuel]

Published by Boston: James R. Osgood (1883)

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About this Item: Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Harley, John; Garrett, Edmund Henry; Shute, A.B. (illustrator). 1st Edition. Illustrated with 316 images by John Harley, Edmund Henry Garrett, and A. B. Shute. First edition, first state, with the illustration of the author and an urn bearing his initials in flames on page 441, and with the caption "The St. Louis Hotel" on the illustration on page 443. Publisher's decorative brown cloth, with pictorial panels depicting the Mississippi River stamped in gilt to the front board and spine, decorative ruling and ornamentations stamped in black to the front board. Near fine, with some light rubbing to the spine ends and corners, spine slightly starting inside the front cover, otherwise sturdy binding, clean pages. BAL 3411. Life on the Mississippi is a semi-autobiographical text about the history of the Mississippi River and the author's adventures riding on a steamboat from St. Louis to New Orleans. While much of the information in this text is factual, many of the individual episodes were fabricated to varying degrees and are better considered tall tales than accurate documentation. For example, Twain provides an account of the origin of his pseudonym, which he claims he took from Captain Isaiah Sellers. While the explanation of "mark twain" as a riverman's phrase for water found to be two fathoms deep (12 feet) is undoubtedly correct, it is likely that the stories regarding Sellers are at least partially embellished. In addition to offering insight into the author's earlier life, Life on the Mississippi provides historical context on the industrialization of the United States in the second half of the 19th century; throughout the text, Twain discusses the competition of railroads along with the growing cities in the American Midwest and South. Seller Inventory # MT083

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TWAIN, Mark.

Published by Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883 (1883)

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About this Item: Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883, 1883. Quarto. Original publisher's half calf, spine gilt-tooled in compartments with red and green morocco title labels, marbled sides, endpapers and edges. Contemporary ownership inscription. Minor rubbing to extremities, but an extremely smart copy indeed in excellent condition. Illustrated frontispiece, steamboat vignette to title page, illustrated plates and vignettes in the text throughout. First US edition, in the very scarce publisher's calf. This copy in intermediate state "A" with the first state illustrated tailpiece on page 441, but the caption on page 443 corrected to "The St Charles Hotel". Clemens's classic anecdotal travel narrative, which contains an autobiographical account of his childhood experiences, as well as his life on the river as a steamboat pilot. Huck Finn makes a lengthy cameo on pages 42–61, a story within the chapter detailing Huck and Jim's attempt to reach Cairo which does not appear in Huckleberry Finn, published two years later. To find a first edition copy of this title in any example of the publisher's calf binding, let alone one in such smart condition, is very uncommon. BAL 3411; Johnson, pp. 41-43. Seller Inventory # 95583

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Twain, Mark (Clemens, S. L.)

Published by James R. Osgood, Boston, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood, Boston, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. A fair/good copy of this first edition, published by James R. Osgood, Boston, MA, USA, 1883., later worn quarter leather, Mark Twain's autobiographical narrative of his days on a steam boat, with short stories, notes and anecdotes. Later chocolate quarter leather binding over brown cloth, gilt spine label, ( worn). First Edition, however lacking the original advertisements. The English edition was issued within two weeks of the American edition. Some wear and soling to binding, ( photograph highly recommended prior to ordering, please inquire), hinges a little weak and wearing through, POS on half-title, bookplates on pastdown, small finger stains and wear internally. Please inquire, further details and description via email. Photographs can be arranged. Please confirm availability and postage costs prior to ordering. It is essential to confirm availability prior to ordering, as ABE books is not our only sales channel. We are here to help and look forward to hearing from you should you have any questions. We aim to answer all queries within 48 hours. Seller Inventory # 000059

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Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Illustrated by Edmund Henry Garrett, et al. (illustrator). First Printing. First edition, first issue, with illustration of Mark Twain's head in flames on page 441 (this drawing was removed in laterprintings at the specific request of Twain's wife, who found it morbid), and an illustration of the St. Louis Hotel (incorrectly captioned "The St. Charles Hotel") on page 443. Publisher's full brown cloth, gilt lettering and medallion on spine, gilt medallion and black and reverse black lettering on cover. Illustrated with over 300 B&W drawings (many by Edmund Henry Garrett) and reproductions. [McBride 84][BAL 3411][Johnson, 41-43]. Expertly rebacked by Kellar with original spine and covers laid on, unmarked, tight, square and clean. VERY GOOD. . B&W Drawings. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 624 pp. Seller Inventory # 20313

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The Suppressed Chapter from Life on the: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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About this Item: 1913. No Binding. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. The Suppressed Chapter from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. (n.p., n.d., New York, ca. 1913) Johnson, pg 43, states probably about 1910. BAL 3519. On watermarked paper, this being number 213 of 250 numbered copies. Single leaf (8 1/2 x 5 ½) folded to 4 pages. Small stain to last page, else a fine copy. A very Scarce Twain item. Inventory #C-084. Price: $3,000. While The Life on the Mississippi was going through the press, it was decided to omit Chapter 48which it was thought might have a detrimental effect upon the southern buyer. This chapter was set up and then cancelled in the proofs, and its existence was from that time forgotten until after the writers death, when the original manuscript copy of this omitted portion was found in the possession of its publisher. Language: eng. Seller Inventory # C-084

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TWAIN, MARK.

Published by Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883 (1883)

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About this Item: Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883, 1883. First American Edition; probably issued a few days earlier in London; first state, with the 'St. Louis Hotel' caption and the illustration of Mark Twain 'in flames,' which was dropped due to Mrs. Clemens's objections to its morbidity. Small name stamp on the front free endpaper; a little fraying at the extremities; very good plus. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Seller Inventory # 26539

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Twain, Mark (Samuel Clemens)

Published by ames R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: ames R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition with the important First Issue point with the illustration of Mark Twain's head in flames on page 441 (this drawing was removed in later printings at the specific request of Twain's wife, who found it morbid). The other point of "St. Louis Hotel" or "The St. Charles Hotel" on page 443 has NO established priority. The book is in nice shape and is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy. Seller Inventory # ABE-1479366208270

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Life on the Mississippi, First Ed., 1st: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood & Co. (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood & Co., 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A First US Edition (1883), First State, Intermediate "B" Printing (BAL, 3411). Corrections present in this volume to these points: Twain's head in flames, p. 441; "St. Louis Hotel," p. 443; and "It it (curious that," p. 444. While not the first issue with the foregoing points, this is an early variation of Twain's autobiographical story of his youth on the great river, steam-boating and meeting an array of colorful characters along the way, written contemporaneously with Huckleberry Finn. The first instance of a manuscript being submitted to a publisher in typewritten form. Decorative brown and extensive gilt boards, with over 300 black and white illustrations. The spine is loose but attached, and there are multiple (erasable) pencil inscriptions on the paste-downs. Scuff and wear to head and foot of spine, front corners bumped. A good candidate for some cleaning and minor restoration, reduced for its faults, above. Seller Inventory # 000070

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LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, Mass (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, Mass, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good Plus. First Edition, First State. First Edition, First State, AA copy (BAL 3411) with Twain head in flames (p.441), caption reading St. Louis Hotel (p. 443), (and "It it (curious that cabbages." P. 444). NOTE: Recased copy. Extremely bright copy*of this scarce "AA" edition of Twain's classic telling of his travels and work on the great river. Over 300 illustrations. Front hinge archivally mended. Seller Inventory # 71728

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Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Disbound. Condition: Very Good +. Illustrations Throughout (illustrator). First Edition. 624 Pp. Publisher's Half Calf Binding (Spine And Tips), Red And Black Spine Labels Stamped In Gilt, Gilt In All Compartments, Over Marbled Paper Covered Boards With Blind Stamped Rules At Edges, With Matching Marbled Endpapers And Matching Marbled Edges Of Page Block. Bal First State With Twain In Flames On P. 441, "St. Charles Hotel" Beneath Illustration On P.443, And "It It" On P. 444. Lightly Used, Hinges Solid, No Names Or Marks Or Book Plates. This Binding, In Publisher's Leather, Is Somewhat Scarce. Seller Inventory # 036897

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Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition.. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. First printing, with Twains head in the flames on page 441, but with St. Louis Hotel as the caption on page 443. Bound in publishers brown ¾ leather with brown pebble design marbled paper. Binding in very good condition, rubbing and wear to the spine and corner. Both labels with loss affecting the lettering (easily replaced). Front marbled endpapers with separation at gutter (as usual), back board somewhat loose. Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. 624 pages. Overall a nice copy of a scarce first issue in publishers letter. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-287. Price: $2100. Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 12-287

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Twain Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

Published by Boston James R. Osgood 1883 (1883)

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About this Item: Boston James R. Osgood 1883, 1883. First Edition, Very Early State. Blanck's intermediate, with the tailpiece of Twain in flames on p.441 not present, and with caption on p.443 in the earliest state reading "The St. Louis Hotel". Profusely illustrated throughout. Tall 8vo, publisher’s original decorated cloth with black stamped decorations and gilt pictorial vignettes on the upper cover, the spine decorated in black and with a large gilt pictorial vignette, lettered in gilt, a.e.g. 624. A fine and fresh copy, the front inner hinge sometime refurbished. ONE OF TWAIN’S BEST BOOKS AND A RARE FINE COPY IN ORIGINAL CLOTH OF THIS IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION. Twain writes about his home and his muse-the great Mississippi. "As a dwelling place for civilized man it is by far the first upon our globe." (preface) In this largely autobiographical narrative, Twain gives us a vivid account of his youth on the great river. A brilliant firsthand account of the steamboat age, the science of river piloting, and the life of the river itself from the point of view of those who made their living navigating it. A truly wonderful book and a valued piece of the American legacy. Seller Inventory # 28907

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Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition.. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. First edition, intermediate A with Twains head in the flames on page 441 and St. Charles Hotel on page 443. Publisher: James R. Osgood, Boston, 1883. Bound in original ¾ leather with marbled paper. Ornate spine design in gold. Binding tight, slight wear at the top and bottom of the spine and along edges. Else a very good plus binding. Contents clean and bright, slight edge toning. A very nice copy. 624 pages. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-300. Price: $1,900. Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 12-300

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LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

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About this Item: Osgood, Boston, 1883. 1Hardcover. 300+ illustrations (illustrator). 1st edition. VG book, FINE text. Bound in the original publisher's uncommon 3/4 calf. Most are cloth bound. 8vo, 624pp. Identically marbled boards, pastedowns and text block edges. BAL 3411 calls this the "First state, intermediate B (A)" with chapter 2 tailpiece of Twain & burning urn (later deleted) on p441 and p443 illustration titled "St Charles" instead of "St Louis Hotel". Tight. Strong hinges. Very clean, even text block top edge free of any touch of dust stain. Spine with 5 raised ridges. Red leather title label & green leather author label, both gilt lettered. Labels & blank panels gilt edge ruled. Blank panel corners with gilt floral design, center geometric. MINOR FLAWS: rubbed spine, extrems with minor wear. Neatly inked name dated 1883, year of publication. Two signatures just barely starting. VG book, FINE text. ZERO aging, foxing, marginalia, etc. Seller Inventory # 001029

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Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 316 images by John Harley, Edund Henry Garrett, and A. B. Shute, incl Twain Hair on Fire (illustrator). 1st Edition. This is an exceptional copy of one of Twain's most revered and important books, and according to William Dean Howells, this was his favorite. During an 1872 visit to the Midwest, the author ¿was struck by the great diminution of steamboat traffic on the Ohio River and became anxious to document the steamboat era before it vanished altogether¿ [The resulting volume is] widely regarded as both one of Mark Twain¿s major works and a classic on the Mississippi itself. Its early chapters especially are unrivaled in evoking the excitement of their time¿It usefully supplements [his] fictional works about the river and includes much else of value¿ (LeMaster & Wilson, 467). This is a first edition, second intermediate state B, BAL 3411, with the first edition issue point of a tailpiece illustration of Twain¿s burning head on fire in an urn, (p. 441,) removed from later printings and does not appear in the remainder of the first edition or any subsequent printing. Also, on page 443 of the US first state, the caption on the illustration reads ¿The St. Louis Hotel.¿ It was corrected to read ¿The St. Charles Hotel¿ in this second state copy, and all subsequent copies. Publisher's decorative brown cloth, with pictorial panels depicting the Mississippi River stamped in bright gilt to the front board and spine, with decorative ruling and ornamentation stamped in black. All edges bright gilt. "Life on the Mississippi" is said to have been the first manuscript ever to be submitted to a publisher in typewritten form. Published simultaneously in the United States and the UK in 1883, but purists prefer the US first. Twain frequently found fault or requested changes in his books as they were being printed, so points of issue are frequent and complicating, causing multiple states of his first editions. Here are the points of issue to evaluate "Life on the Mississippi": the US first was printed in Boston. "Boston" and "1883," with no later dates should appear. "St Charles Hotel" on p. 443. Thus, first edition, second intermediate state B. This copy has been lovingly and professionally restored: original binding threading reinforced, text block tightened; original spine thickened and matching cloth used to rebuild spine top and bottom. New headbands and end sheets added. Covers and gilt lightly cleaned and brightened, no repainting or colorizing added. Light pencilled flourishing signature of original owner "Christmas 1883" on ffep. No other marks. Photos available on request. US postage rates apply. Seller Inventory # 160520

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Life on the Mississippi: Twain, Mark

Twain, Mark

Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston (1883)

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About this Item: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Hardcover. Condition: As New. No Jacket. 1st Edition.. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. First edition, intermediate A with Twains head in the flames on page 441, but with St. Charles Hotel as the caption on page 443. Rebound in dark brown ¾ leather with brown pebble design marbled paper. As new binding. Paper labels. Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, 1883. Foxing to the front free endpapers else an exceptionally clean copy with gilding on top edge. 624 pages. Protected by Mylar. Inventory #12-207. Price: $1750. Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 12-207

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