Hartford: American Publishing Co, 1869. First edition. Second issue, conforming to the issue points listed in BAL. Bound in the publisher's three-quarter morocco binding with gilt to spine. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Some gentle rubbing to boards and extremities. Very light scattered foxing, else unmarked and clean. In all, a pleasing copy of this satirical work.
Twain's second book after Jumping Frog, Innocents Abroad, or the New Pilgrim's Progress explores the changing global stage between old centers of power in Europe and the Middle East alongside the rising United States. This rollicking and irreverent novel launched Twain to unprecedented heights of popularity, selling more than 70,000 copies in its first year and remaining his most popular novel during his lifetime. Innocents Abroad features an American tourist eager to see the world and compare his perception with received wisdom. He travels with a host of other Americans first on ship to Spain before venturing inland by train to see France, Switzerland, and Italy before going seaward around the Mediterranean. While Twain's descriptions of famous cities and sights are much admired, the ship and rail travel chapters are integral to developing the novel's humor and insight. A landmark travel narrative by a young American author exploring the old world.
BAL 3316. Near Fine (Item #3157)