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Life on the Mississippi

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
London : Chatto & Windus,
Sevier Collection, PS 1314 .A1 1883c, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

This piece was selected for its many different quirks that give it a playful quality. While the beautiful binding of the book is impressive on its own, a hidden gem is found on closer inspection.  Along the edge of the pages, there is an excellent example of fore-edge painting. When held at just the right placement, the edges of the pages reveal a portrait of Mark Twain and some of the icons associated with the author, such as the famous steamship.