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    Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens]. Roughing It. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1872.

    First edition, first issue with all points present including all words present lines 20 and 21 page 242; ad page 592; "My" correct on page 19; capital "E" in "Eastern" page 330; capital "T" in "Trees" and "thirteenth" not "sixteenth" on page 156. Octavo. 591 pages. Double frontispiece with tissue guard and 300 illustrations in text by "eminent artists".

    Original brown cloth with rules and decoration in blind on the boards, with an illustration of a horse-drawn wagon and driver proceeding over a log road stamped in gilt on the front board, and titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Moderate wear to the extremities, especially at the corners and front edges of the boards. Boards slightly scuffed. Contents toned with a few loose but not detached pages. Binding lightly shaken. Contemporary owner's signature in pencil on the second front free endpaper. Small bookseller's label affixed to front pastedown. Small 1" tear at edge of page 19. A sound copy in good condition.

    Twain's semi-autobiographical tale is a classic of travel literature. He drew his inspiration from his travels out west from 1861 through 1897. Twain's folksy writing style in this work laid the groundwork for his later classic works. The volume was sold via subscription.


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