Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1897. First Edition. Original blue cloth binding stamped in gold, with colored illustrations to the cover. Small spot to rear board; gentle wear to extremities. 712 pages, with terminal fly-leaf. Photograveure frontispiece portrait and 192 illustrations, fifty six full page by Dan Beard, A. B. Frots, Peter Newell and others. Frontis a bit foxed, not affecting title. Contemporary ownership signature to header of title page. A Near Fine, bright copy.
Twain’s well regarded travelogue. Dire financial straits had forced Twain to take a worldwide lecture tour in 1895 and compose a collection of his travels and experiences. Twain traveled widely, including to Africa, India, and Australia – and these writings contain much of Twain’s characteristic humor as well as a pointed critique of imperialism. “This is one more ingredient in the curious, amusing, instructive, and at times brilliant farrago, half anecdotes, one quarter diary, one-eighth quotations and the rest delicious footing, which Mark Twain after much pondering decided to call Following the Equator” (Contemporary New York Times review).
BAL 3451. Near Fine (Item #2815)