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CLEMENS S.L. as,; 'Mark Twain'

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Item Description: 1883. Illustrations, First English edition, first issue. 8vo., half title, pictorial cloth gilt, blocked in black. London, Chatto and Windus Cover a little darkened and spine rubbed. With some staining to the front and back boards. Twain's memoir of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river. It begins with a brief history of the river and goes on to include anecdotes of his journeys on the river. 'The Mississippi is well worth reading about. It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable. Considering the Missouri its main branch, it is the longest river in the world - four thousand three hundred miles. It seems safe to say it is also the crookedest river in the world' Precedes the American edition by a few days. A firstissue of the first edition, with the 32 page catalogue dated March1883. BAL 3410 (Bibliography of American literature), ADB (American Dictionary of Biography). Bookseller Inventory # 227117

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Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

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Item Description: Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.] LIFE ON THEMISSISSIPPI. New York: Charles Webster, 1888.First edition, first state. Original pictorialbrown cloth, gilt, with green floral end papers.An unusual instance of the first state sheetsbeing used by Webster for his re-issue. Mostcopies of the re-issues are comprised ofintermediate or second state sheets. Modestgeneral rubbing, tear in one leaf (duringmanufacture), fore-edge of one gatheringshort-trimmed; but a good solid copy. Clearly anexample of a salvage copy prepared by Webster.James R. Osgood published the first edition in1883 and went bankrupt within a few years. Websterpurchased the unsold sheets and printing plates,and re-issued the original sheets with canceltitle-pages bearing his own imprint in 1888 and1891 (BAL was only aware of the 1891 re-issue).Twain's head appears in flames at p. 441, and thecaption reads "St. Louis Hotel" at p. 443. Twainconsidered this work to be his masterpiece (untilhe wrote JOAN OF ARC). The chapter on "the housebeautiful" is an inspired piece of invective, oneof Twain's great prose moments. Chapter 31contains the first use of fingerprints to solve acrime in fiction, described by Colin Wilson as "aremarkable anticipation of a scientific discoverythat was then known to less than half a dozenmen." Queen's Quorum, p. 45. BAL3411-n. Bookseller Inventory # 18845

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Twain, Mark [S.L. Clemens]

Published by Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. Frontispiece of "The Baton Rouge" ship, and many additional illustrations. (1883)

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Item Description: Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. Frontispiece of "The Baton Rouge" ship, and many additional illustrations., 1883. Book Condition: Good. First edition, intermediate state B (lacking Clemens in flames on p. 441 but with the caption on p.443 reading "The St. Louis Hotel"). Hardcover. Half leather with marbled boards and gilt spine lettering. Marbled endpapers. Good condition. Top and bottom of spine rubbed and slightly frayed; corners bumped; bit of abrasive wear to front and back covers. Lacking the front free endpaper. Bit of foxing on the title-page, and a faint dampstain on upper outer corner of first 60 or so pages. One signature (pp. 289-304) not bound in as tightly as all others, but not loose. Occasional foxing and light dampstaining on margins, not affecting the text. Otherwise, the text is clean and tight, with the frontispiece and all illustrations present. All in all, a sound copy of the first edition in intermediate state B. Bookseller Inventory # 5417

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Life On The Mississippi: Twain, Mark [Clemens,

Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

Published by Charles L. Webster & Co., New York (1891)

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Item Description: Charles L. Webster & Co., New York, 1891. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket as Puiblished. 1st Edition. Original brown pictorial cloth, gilt lettering on spine and gilt illustration on cover. All in very good condition. Head and toe of spine is lightly worn. Owners name and date (1892) neatly hand written on second front fly page. Green floral end papers. The book was first published in 1883 by James R. Osgood who went bankrupt soon after. When Twain started his own publishing firm he put it in the hands of his nephew, Charles L. Webster. Webster acquired Osgood's inventory, including copies already in binding and unbound sheets, as well as the printing plates. He also acquired the brasses for stamping the bindings, and when he stamped the bindings used on the unbound sheets he simply changed the imprint at the foot of the spine. In 1888 and 1891, Webster issued more copies, and like Osgood before him went bankrupt soon after, leaving Twain with huge debts that took a decade to pay. Twain considered this work his masterpiece, and the first half of the book contains some of his most poetic prose about the subject he knew best and which served two years later as the setting for his greatest novel. "Chapter XXXI is a complete short story in itself and contains the first fictional use of fingerprints as a means of criminal identification." More than 300 illustrations. 624 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 6878

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Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.]

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Item Description: Twain, Mark [Clemens, S. L.] LIFE ON THEMISSISSIPPI. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1891.First edition, intermediate state A (with Twainpictured in flames), the rare Webster issue.Original brown pictorial cloth, gilt. Spine gilt alittle dull, mild rubbing, else a nice tight copyin the rarest form of issue. This copy has thegreen floral end papers that match A CONNECTICUTYANKEE rather than the plain gray end papersusually seen. The book was first published in 1883by James R. Osgood who went bankrupt soon after.When Twain started his own publishing firm he putit in the hands of his nephew, Charles Webster.Webster acquired Osgood's inventory, includingcopies already in binding and unbound sheets, aswell as the printing plates. He also acquired allof the brasses for stamping the bindings, and whenhe stamped the bindings used on the unbound sheetshe simply changed the imprint at the foot of thespine. In 1888 and 1891, Webster issued morecopies, and like Osgood before him went bankruptsoon after, leaving Twain with huge debts thattook a decade to pay. Twain considered this workhis masterpiece, and the first half of the bookcontains some of his most poetic prose about thesubject he knew best and which served two yearslater as the setting for his greatest novel."Chapter XXXI is a complete short story in itselfand contains the first fictional use offingerprints as a means of criminalidentification."--Ellery Queen. BAL 3411 (notesthis 1891 issue). Howes C 480. Bookseller Inventory # 20333

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