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1884 Roughing It. Mark Twain, 1st ed
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1884 Roughing It. Mark Twain, 1st ed.

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company

Twains famous semi-autobiographical travel tale, a prequel to Innocents Abroad.

Roughing It follows Twain through the Wild West during the years 1862-1867.

At the height of the Civil War, Twain finds himself out of work, the Mississippi waterway shut down. After a brief stint in the Confederate cavalry, he and his brother head west for Nevada Territory by stagecoach.

Using his memory, imagination, and his brothers diary, Twain paints the six-week stagecoach trip as only he can. He describes the Mormons of Utah, meets Jack Slade (the notorious frontiersman and vigilante) in Wyoming.

He buys a horse, takes work as a miner, becomes a millionaire briefly, teaches in California, lives a bohemian life in San Francisco, and even sails to Hawaii! Book features literally hundreds of illustrations and engravings by eminent artists.

The book was originally printed in 1872. Twains fame exploded with the publication of Tom Sawyer in the 1870s, and its sequel Huckleberry Finn was due to come out in 1884. To piggyback on the hype, his publishing company decided to reprint Roughing It in 1884 also, using the exact same plates and binding materials as the original. So, this is, truly, still a proper First Edition, later printing.

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VG+ to About Fine. Nicest one of these I have seen. Its binding is completely original, unrestored. Color is rich. Boards straight & true, no bumps or warping. No tears or holes or dry rot, just the faintest shelf-wear on the corners and a small scuff near the top of the rear board (see photos). Front board gilt still brilliant. Spine gilt has faded to an attractive reddish. Spine head & tail intact! Unchipped, un-frayed. Internally the book is lovely. No bookplates or stamps. Small pretty dedication in ffep, otherwise no writing at all. Text block is tight (one signature is very slightly sprung -- an original binding imperfection and still perfectly attached). Pages are beautiful. Almost like new. No foxing, only exceptionally light even toning. Few if any signs that the book was ever opened or read. Ink crisp, pages crisp, all the engravings are sharp and pretty. Even the tissue on the frontispiece seems untouched. 1st ed. 2nd print 9" x 6 1/4", 591pp
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1884 Roughing It. Mark Twain, 1st ed

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1884 Roughing It. Mark Twain, 1st ed.

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company

Twains famous semi-autobiographical travel tale, a prequel to Innocents Abroad.

Roughing It follows Twain through the Wild West during the years 1862-1867.

At the height of the Civil War, Twain finds himself out of work, the Mississippi waterway shut down. After a brief stint in the Confederate cavalry, he and his brother head west for Nevada Territory by stagecoach.

Using his memory, imagination, and his brothers diary, Twain paints the six-week stagecoach trip as only he can. He describes the Mormons of Utah, meets Jack Slade (the notorious frontiersman and vigilante) in Wyoming.

He buys a horse, takes work as a miner, becomes a millionaire briefly, teaches in California, lives a bohemian life in San Francisco, and even sails to Hawaii! Book features literally hundreds of illustrations and engravings by eminent artists.

The book was originally printed in 1872. Twains fame exploded with the publication of Tom Sawyer in the 1870s, and its sequel Huckleberry Finn was due to come out in 1884. To piggyback on the hype, his publishing company decided to reprint Roughing It in 1884 also, using the exact same plates and binding materials as the original. So, this is, truly, still a proper First Edition, later printing.

Condition
...
VG+ to About Fine. Nicest one of these I have seen. Its binding is completely original, unrestored. Color is rich. Boards straight & true, no bumps or warping. No tears or holes or dry rot, just the faintest shelf-wear on the corners and a small scuff near the top of the rear board (see photos). Front board gilt still brilliant. Spine gilt has faded to an attractive reddish. Spine head & tail intact! Unchipped, un-frayed. Internally the book is lovely. No bookplates or stamps. Small pretty dedication in ffep, otherwise no writing at all. Text block is tight (one signature is very slightly sprung -- an original binding imperfection and still perfectly attached). Pages are beautiful. Almost like new. No foxing, only exceptionally light even toning. Few if any signs that the book was ever opened or read. Ink crisp, pages crisp, all the engravings are sharp and pretty. Even the tissue on the frontispiece seems untouched. 1st ed. 2nd print 9" x 6 1/4", 591pp

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