With Over 300 Illustrations. London: Chatto & Windus, 1883. 32 pp ads dated July 1887. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black.
First Edition, which was published five days before the American one (and is much 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 July 1887 ad catalogue; the book was actually published in May 1883, but Blanck notes that copies have ads dated as late as 1889 (and we have seen them as late as 1893). It is a bright, near-fine copy of this handsomely-bound book, with very little external wear or soil (just a trace of wear at the spine ends). 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. Provenance: bookplate of Edmund Leopold Lockyer, M.A., Rector of Westcote Barton, Oxon. Item #14611