Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1897. First edition. Original blue cloth binding stamped in gold, with colored illustrations to the cover. Trivial wear to corners and slight rubbing to front board. Contemporary ownership signature to front endpaper, else internally bright and unmarked. 712 pages, with terminal fly-leaf. Photogravure 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 #3444)