Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress; Being Some Account of the Steamship Quaker City's Pleasure Excursion to Europe and the Holy Land; with Descriptions of Countries, Nations, as they Appeared to the Author. With Two Hundred and Thirty-Four Illustrations. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, 1869.

    First edition, second issue. Octavo. xviii, 651 pages. [5, publisher's ads in the rear]. 234 Illustrations throughout the text, including the two frontispieces and 14 illustrated plates.

    Publisher's black blind-stamped cloth covers with the front cover and the spine lettered and illustrated in gilt. The back cover is blind-stamped with the publisher's monogram. Brown speckles on all edges. Brown coated endpapers. Triple flyleaves. Very minor rubbing to the covers, some bumping to the corners, minor fraying to the head and spine, previous owner's inscription in pencil on the first flyleaf. Altogether a very good copy.

    This first edition is a second issue due to: presence of the page reference numbers on the table of contents, located on pages xvii - xviii; final entry in the table of contents on page xviii is Thankless Devotion - A Newspaper Valedictory - Conclusion 638; Portrait of Napoleon is on page 129; page 643 is headed Chapter LXI; page [654] is an advertisement for Personal History of Ulysses S. Grant. Focused upon the American culture facing European and Middle Eastern cultures, this novel was Twain's most successful work during his lifetime.

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