New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1905. Later edition. Original publisher's cloth with gilt to spine and front board. Extremities a bit shelfworn and spine somewhat sunned; small stain to rear board. Front hinge starting but firm. Bookseller's ticket of W. B. Clarke & Co to front endpaper. Internally clean. Inscribed on the front pastedown by the author to his sometime neighbor and frequent correspondent, the Boston stockbroker and activist Sumner Bass Pearmain (1859-1946): "To S. B. Pearmain with the kindest regards of The Author. It is best to rest, on the to-days; it makes us fresh on the to-morrows. Thank you, Mark Twain. Oct. 27/05."
Among Twain's bestselling works in his lifetime, The Innocents Abroad (1869) chronicles Twain's post-Civil War era travels through Europe and the Holy Land along with a group of American tourists. This 1905 printing was presented by Twain in the same year to his friend and fellow activist Sumner Bass Pearmain, a prominent stockbroker and member of the Board of Governors of the Boston Stock Exchange. Two years later, he would sign along with Twain a petition to the Russian Ambassador Baron Rosen for the release of two political prisoners: socialist activist and scientist Nikolai Tchaykovsky and politician Catherine Breshkovsky, Russia's first female political prisoner. Very Good (Item #4389)