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Life on the Mississippi (Salesman's Dummy) - TWAIN Mark - 1883. 
1883 - TWAIN, Mark. Life on the Mississippi. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883. Octavo, original black- and gilt-stamped brown cloth. $4500.Rare salesman's dummy for Life on the Mississippi, with four sample spines (three leather) tipped onto the pastedowns.A "salesman's dummy" (also called a salesman's sample or prospectus) was meant to be taken door-to-door to show prospective subscribers. The front cover of the dummy is identical to the published book, while the text consists of a few pages from the book (primarily those pages with illustrations). Since the sample is thinner than the finished book, the spine samples""in publisher's cloth, morocco, sheep, and calf""are instead tipped onto the pastedowns. At the rear of the volume are eight leaves of ruled paper with the headings: "Subscribers' Names," "Residences," and "Style of Binding." These obviously were intended to be filled with orders, though in the present copy there are only 18 subscribers listed. Like all publisher's prospectuses, this dummy includes only a fraction of the text, and it is impossible to tell the issue state of pp. 441 (which features an illustration of Twain's head in flames in the first state) and 443 (which is captioned "St. Louis Hotel" in the first state) because they are absent here. The dummy for this work has a "wholly different pilot vignette" on the tipped-in cloth spine than the first edition (Johnson, 42). BAL 3411. Johnson, 41-43. McBride, 84. Pencil notation reading, "Only 50 issued."Front inner hinge expertly repaired, light soiling to interior, wear mainly to extremities of original cloth. A very good copy. Rare. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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