Octavo (8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 220 x 143 mm). xviii, -651, [5, publisher’s advertisements] pp. Two frontispieces and fourteen inserted plates. Numerous text illustrations.
Original publisher's brown cloth, stamped in gilt on spine. Front board stamped in gilt and ruled in blind. Back board stamped in blind. Brown coated endpapers. All edges speckled brown. Bottom corners rubbed. Top of spine with a small amount of fraying. Front board with small stain to top corner. Some occasional smudging throughout. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Front hinge with a bit of minor wear. Overall, a very bright, clean copy with no rubbing to gilt and better than usually encountered.
TWAIN, Mark. [Publisher's Prospectus for:] The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrim's Progress. Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1871.
Octavo (8 x 5 1/2 inches; 218 x 140 mm). Some sample text and illustrations, plus order sheets and a fold-out advertisement for a family Bible. This prospectus has the American Publishing Company imprint preceeding the H.H. Bancroft and Company imprint on the title page. The backstrip for the cloth edition is affixed to the front pastedown, and the “library (i.e. sheep) binding” backstrip affixed to the rear pastedown.
Full black cloth. Front board stamped in gilt and ruled in blind. Back board stamped in blind. Brown coated endpapers. Fold-out Bible advertisement with a large closed tear, professionally repaired. A bit of rubbing and soiling to binding and soiling. Endpapers a bit rubbed. Some dampstaining along outer edges of second frontispiece and final two leaves. Some light toning throughout. Two pages of order sheets with pencil and ink orders. Overall a very good copy.
Both volumes chemised and housed together in a double, quarter morocco slipcase. Previous owner's bookplate on chemise of each volume.
"The Innocents Abroad. or the New Pilgrim's Progress [is] a travel book by Mark Twain. It is based on a series of letters he wrote from Europe to San Francisco and New York newspapers as a roving correspondent. The book, which burlesques the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-19th century, was well received in Europe and the U.S., and made Twain famous. Twain looked at hallowed European landmarks from a fresh and humorous point of view without reverence for the past, and poked fun at both American and European prejudices and manners." (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia, 506).
BAL 3316. Johnson, Twain, p. 9.
HBS # 67753 $9,500