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Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens] - First U. S. edition (following the Chatto & Windus edition publi - 1888 - from Zachary Stacy, Bookseller (SKU: 10094)

Life on the Mississippi

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Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens]

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Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens]. Life on the Mississippi. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1888. First U. S. edition (following the Chatto & Windus edition published in London), Webster issue with a cancel title-leaf, first state of the text with the urn tailpiece on page 441 and the illustration caption on page 443 reading "The St. Louis Hotel." Octavo (8.5 x 5.75 inches; 217 x 145 mm.). [2, blank], 624, [2, blank] pages. Numerous full-page and in-text illustrations. Publisher's brown cloth, spine lettered and stamped in gilt and ruled in black, front board stamped in gilt and black; all edges of the text block trimmed; floral endpapers, flyleaves. Spine slightly leaning; spine ends pushed, corners bumped; rear joint, crown and extremities worn; covers lightly rubbed. Front joint cracked but holding firm; a few interior gatherings very firm (probably artificially secured, definite binding irregularities), some gatherings a little sprung, one trimmed short; private library bookplate, partially removed. About very good. Reissued with the Charles Webster imprint after James Osgood went bankrupt; reissues usually found with intermediate or second state of text. BAL 3411 (Osgood issue). Queen's Quorum p. 45 ("Mark Twain deserves credit for the authentic first use of identification by fingerprints in both the short story and the novel: first in 1883, in Chapter XXXI in Life on the Mississippi..."). (#10094).


Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before and after the American Civil War. The book begins with a brief history of the river from its discovery by Hernando de Soto in 1542. It continues with anecdotes of Twain's training as a steamboat pilot, as the 'cub' of an experienced pilot. He describes, with great affection, the science of navigating the ever-changing Mississippi River.


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Zachary Stacy, Bookseller US (US)
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Life on the Mississippi
Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens]
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First U. S. edition (following the Chatto & Windus edition publi
Charles L. Webster and Company,
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Literature: 19th century, Literature: USian
Octavo (8.5 x 5.75 inches; 217 x 145 mm.)

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About Zachary Stacy, Bookseller

Zachary Stacy, Bookseller, is run out of a home office in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Fort Worth, TX. We primarily sell though occasional lists and sometimes exhibit at book fairs. We are a member in good standing of the Texas Booksellers' Association.


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