OLD TIMES ON THE MISSISSIPPI [bound with] RAMBLING NOTES OF AN IDLE EXCURSION
Toronto: Rose-Belford, 1878. Octavo. Original lavender diagonal fine-ribbed cloth. Gilt lettered in Roman type on spine: "OLD TIMES / AND / RAMBLING NOTES/ BY /MARK TWAIN". Decorative band in blind along top and bottom margins of sides and spine ends. pp 157, [1, blank], [3, ads beginning "Books of the Day. A Voyage in the Sunbeam"), [1, blank]; 150, [2, ads, headed same as first book], 1, blank]. Spine sunned to tan with gilt lettering dulled, moderate wear to spine tips; sides have light sunning and spotting; one inch crack to front inner hinge; page edges browned, text paper lightly toned, as always, pin holes toward centre of ffep and first two leaves; bit of foxing to rear endpapers; a bit of cloth bubbling; in all a good or a bit better copy, tight in the binding, text clean and unworn, no owner names. Later Canadian edition of the former title (first Canadian ed., which was also the correct first book edition, was in 1876). Second printing of the second edition of the latter title, which adds 6 more sketches to the text of the 1878 Toronto edition. BAL 3619 says that first printings of RAMBLING NOTES bear the imprint of the Canadian Paper Company on verso of title, whereas this copy has the Hunter, Rose imprint. This edition of OLD TIMES is not in BAL. This text also includes (pp 147-57) the short piece "A Literary Nightmare". This second Canadian edition of OLD TIMES was issued after late March, 1878, and sheets were bound with Rose-Belford's 1878 reprint of RAMBLING NOTES. This book was issued in several cloth colours (green, blue, and lavendar, that I know of) and in a variety of binding stamping.