Lot 438: With vignette of Mark Twain in flames

PBA Galleries

2015-06-29 14:08:37


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Lot 438: Author: Twain, Mark. Title: Life on the Mississippi. Place Published: Boston. Publisher: James R. Osgood. Date Published: 1883. Description: 624 pp. Profusely illustrated throughout. (8vo), original brown cloth, stamped in gilt and black. First American Edition, First State, Intermediate A (B?). One of two intermediate first state issues, the caption on p. 443 reading "The St. Charles Hotel" and tailpiece on p. 441 depicts an urn, flames and the head of Mark Twain. At the request of Mrs. Clemens, the tailpiece was removed in later states, as she felt it too morbid. BAL 3411. Scarce. Lightly worn at edges and corners, spine ends fraying, hinges cracked, previous owner's name; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $500-800
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