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    Deluxe Half-Morocco Binding

    Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens]. Life on the Mississippi. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883.

    First edition, first issue with tail-piece depicting an urn, flames, head of Mark Twain on page 441, in subsequent states removed at the request of Mrs. Clemens who considered it morbid and page 443, caption reads "The St. Louis Hotel", in subsequent states corrected to "The St. Charles Hotel". Octavo. 624 pages. Illustrated.

    Publisher's deluxe half-morocco binding with decoration and titles stamped in gilt in six compartments between five raised bands on the spine and rules stamped in gilt on the front and back boards. Marbled page edges and endpapers. Joints weak and cracked with areas of loss on the spine. Wear at the head and foot of the spine and corners abraded, else moderate shelf wear. Contents toned, else tight. Front marbled endpaper detached. Front and back hinges cracked. Water stain extending .5 inch at bottom of first approximate 250 pages. All things considered a good copy worthy of professional restoration.

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