The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)

The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism). Mark Twain, Samuel L. Clemens.
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)
Presented with a clever aphorism to his friend and neighbor, the activist stockbroker Sumner Bass Pearmain
The Innocents Abroad (Inscribed with Aphorism)

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.
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