Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883 & 1913. First edition. Hardcover. The first edition, a mixed state, 1883 [with] the limited edition of the suppressed chapter first published in 1913.
The publisher decided that Twain's views on "southern political slavery" would offend southern customers and the chapter was withdrawn during printing. The manuscript was discovered in Osgood's papers. According to Caroline Ticknor, someone made a copy of the manuscript while it was on its way to its "last resting place in a famous collection," (the J. P. Morgan collection), and this pirated edition was the result.*
This printing of the book includes the later state points of "The St. Charles Hotel" on page 443 caption, without the illustration of Mark Twain's head in flames on page 441.
Book: roy. 8vo, 624pp, frontispiece, decorated title page, illustrated with 316 woodcuts in text & & plates. Original publishers brown cloth with black titles and bright gilt design on spine and front board. BAL: 3411; OCLC: 1014290197. Archival repair on p 529, back inner hinge cracked. Spine tips and corners rubbed.
Suppressed Chapter: [New York, circa 1913]. 8vo, self wrappers. 4 pp. BAL 3519. The first edition of what was to be Chapter 48 of Twain’s Life on the Mississippi. One of 250 copies, this copy number 39.
*[Cardwell, Guy A. “Mark Twain, James R. Osgood, and Those ‘Suppressed’ Passages.” The New England Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 2, 1973, pp. 163–188. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/364113. Accessed 20 Nov. 2020]. Very good condition. Item #26466