LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI.
by Twain, Mark
BAL 3411. McBride 84-5. First edition, first state. Includes illustration of the author in flames, p. 441, and captioned illustration of "The St. Louis Hotel", p. 443. A second intermediate issue was released with no illustration on p. 443. A first hand account of navigating the Mississippi by riverboat, focusing on the changes since the end of the Civil War. Written concurrently with Huckleberry Finn with similar themes. Sold by subscription only. Laid in is a first printing of "The Suppressed Chapter of Life on the Mississippi," printed as a limited, numbered edition of 250, circa 1913. This chapter was omitted by the publisher because of its critique of racial, political and social practices in the South after Reconstruction, which would have "a detrimental effect upon the Southern buyer" (BAL 3519). It was nonetheless printed as a leaflet. See also Caroline Ticknor, "Mark Twain's Missing Chapter," in The Bookman, May 1914.
Also laid in is an unsigned letter to Arthur Rushmore, then at Harper & Brothers in New York, dated April 29, 1927 from Bellemoor (Wilmington), Delaware. The unknown writer apparently illustrated a later edition of Twain and expresses gratitude to the addressee and Mr. (Frank) Schoonover for their confidence in him.
Front board and spine stamped in black and gilt. Frontispiece. Black and white illustrations throughout. Table of contents, list of illustrations, and four appendices
Scuffed at edges, corners slightly bumped. The volume has been recased with the inner hinges repaired. Some pages in appendix folded along fore-edge.