Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. 624pp., plus frontispiece, plates, and in-text illustrations. Large octavo. Brown cloth, elaborately decorated in gilt and black, a.e.g. Spine ends very slightly worn, inner hinges neatly repaired. Bookplates on front pastedown and front free endpaper. Clean internally. A fine copy. In a half morocco and cloth slipcase and chemise. Item #WRCAM52653
First U.S. edition, preceded by a few days by the Chatto & Windus edition. This is BAL's first state, with the flaming device on p.441, and with the caption on p.443 uncorrected. A quite unusual and rare binding variant, with all edges gilt. An excellent copy of one of the best American memoirs ever written, describing Twain's early life along the river. "It is in many ways his most personal book, full of humor, recollections, nostalgia, occasional sadness, anecdote, history, and scenery."- Reese. BAL 3411. HOWES C480. CLARK NEW SOUTH I:285. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 183 (note). REESE, NARRATIVES OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE 26.