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Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883. First edition, BAL’s RARE “First State,” Earliest Issue with Mark Twain in flames on p. 441 and ‘St. Louis Hotel’ on p. 443. Profusely illustrated throughout. Thick 8vo, publisher’s original decorated deluxe binding of three-quarter calf over marbled boards, the spine decorated with lightly raised bands, contrasting red and green morocco lettering labels gilt, the compartments with gilt panel designs and central gilt ornaments. 624. A handsome copy, well preserved with some aging, the calf and marbled boards remain in condition and the book is internally sound and very clean. ONE OF TWAIN’S BEST BOOKS AND A RARE PUBLISHER’S DELUXE BOUND COPY OF THIS IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION. First Edition, first issue copies are rare. Our copy has p. 441 and p. 443 both in first state. 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.
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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