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Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883. First edition (first state, with points at pp. 441 and 443). In full leather with marbled end papers, edges. Skillfully replaced leather spine, red morocco label and gilt lettering. Covers worn, corners worn through, brittle end papers with some corners flaked off. Generally a nicely repaired, tight copy of this hard to find edition of the American classic. First state, first edition.
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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