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    Mark Twain. The Gilded Age: A Tale of To-day. By Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens). And Charles Dudley Warner. Fully Illustrated from New Designed by Hoppin, Stephens, Williams, White, Etc., Etc. Sold by Subscription Only. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1873.

    First edition, Mixed States. Octavo. xvi, 574 pages. [4, publisher's ads at the rear]. 212 illustrations throughout the text, including the frontispiece, a folded plate, and nineteen inserted plates.

    Publisher's blind-stamped black cloth covers with the front cover and spine illustrated and lettered in gilt. Previous owner's bookplate affixed to the front pastedown endpaper. Some rubbing to the covers, slightly bumped corners, evident repair to the hinges, some small closed tears to the front free endpaper, some discoloration to the edges. Altogether a very good copy.

    There are an unknown number of variations of this work, therefore presented below are points of the earliest printings which apply to this copy. The advertisement at the rear for Everybody's Friend has been corrected to read true index rather than the first state advertisement which states truex inde. Notes which signify earlier printings are: the genuine title-page displaying Fully Illustrated From New Designs By Hoppin, Stephens, Williams, White, Etc., Etc., and the date 1873; the copyright page is noted by the electrotyper Wm. H. Lockwood of Hartford, Conn.; page [vii] the heading for Chapter V is: ...Eschol Sellers, while later printings replaced this with Beriah Sellers; on page 246 on the fifth line from the bottom Hallelujah does not have a following comma which is present in later printings; page 280 line eighteen Dr. Jackson has a period that is not present in later printings. However, further points signify later printings of the first edition: on page xvi 212 illustrations are listed rather than the earlier printings of only 211 illustrations; page 351 the last line is corrected in later printings as not to repeat the first line on 352 would kill me if she could, thought the Colonel; but he...; page 352 and 353 signify a later state due to the removal of the repeated lines She looked down into his face, with a pitia-ble tenderness, and said in a weak voice,...; page 403 there is an illustration.

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