Item #14748 LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI. Mark Twain.


With More Than 300 Illustrations. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. Original brown cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, all edges gilt.

First American Edition, published five days after Chatto & Windus's London edition.

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 is of the second issue (which in our experience is the one more frequently encountered): the illustration of "Twain in flames" is not present at the end of his discourse on cremation on p. 441 (Twain's wife had objected!); and the corrected caption "The St. Charles Hotel" (rather than the earlier "The St. Louis Hotel") appears on p. 443.

This is a very good-plus copy (a few nicks at the spine ends, endpapers cracked and re-glued). Blanck 3411; Johnson pp 41-43. Item #14748

Price: $475.00

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