Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1874. Early issue. Inscribed by Frank Bliss (son of Elisha Bliss, the publisher): "Copy of first edition in original cloth binding, published in December 1873 The Am Publishing Co. F. E. Bliss." Early issue with the title page dated 1874 and without the repeating lines on pgs. 351-53, but with several other first issue points. With the bookplate of L. M. Kauffman on the front paste-down. Rebacked, with the original spine laid down, but generally presenting well. Housed in a custom slipcase.
"The Gilded Age, a period of gross materialism and blatant political corruption in US history during the 1870s, gave rise to important novels of social and political criticism. The period takes its name from the earliest of these, The Gilded Age, written by Mark Twain in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner. The novel gives a vivid and accurate description of Washington, DC and is peopled with caricatures of many leading figures of the day, including greedy industrialists and corrupt politicians" (Britannica). Among these notable "robber barons" were, recognizably, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J.P. Morgan. Very Good + (Item #3439)