Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1880. 1st. Hardcover. 8vo. 631pp + pp pubisher's advertisement. State B of portrait frontispiece; 2nd state of regular frontispiece; and state B of sheets. Double frontispiece portrait of Twain & Titian's Moses with tissue guard. Plates; in-text illustrations. Publisher's sheep with black leather title label to spine. A very good plus to near fine copy (light fading to spine and wear to extremities; joints at spine head barely starting to split; gilt along board edges mostly rubbed; 2" leather snag to upper rear board professionally restored; decorative owner bookplate). Significantly fewer copies were bound in sheep than in cloth, scarce thus. Item #13154
Twain's third travel book documenting a month-long tramp in Europe during the summer of 1878 with his friend, Reverend Joseph Twitchell (named Harris in the book). As the author advised, it was a book “written by one loafer for a brother loafer to read.” (BAL 3386).