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1869 1st ed The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain Travel Guide Holy Land Illustrated

“One must travel, to learn.”
– Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

This famous Mark Twain novel, “The Innocents Abroad”, was an important novel in the history of ‘subscription only’ books. This book was huge – comparatively speaking – to the size of other books. When first printed, it resembled the size of desk dictionary and gave the buy a sense of ‘more for your money’ because of its girth. It is considered Twain’s first real success and is described as a travel (or anti-travel, perhaps) and is one of the best-selling travel books of all time. (Melton).

This first edition meets all the expected edition points listed below.

Item number: #1378

Price: $499


The innocents abroad, or, The new Pilgrim's progress : being some account of the steamship Quaker City's pleasure excursion to Europe and the Holy Land, with descriptions of the countries, nations, incidents, and adventures as they appeared to the author : with two hundred and thirty-four illustrations

Hartford, Conn. : American Pub. Co., 1869. [and 5 others] : San Francisco, Cal. : H.H. Bancroft and Co., 1869. First edition

•Collation complete with all pages: [xviii], [19], 651, [5 ads]
oIllustrated throughout
•References: BAL 3316; Melton, Twain, Travel Books
•Notes on edition: (from BAL)
opp. xvii-xviii: page reference numbers are present in table of contents
op. xviii: The last entry reads: Thankless Devotion—A Newspaper Valedictory—Conclusion…….638
op. 129: Portrait of Napoleon III (not included in first state)
op. : Chapter LXI. (corrected from first state)
op. : “History of the Bible…Album Family Bible…” (adjusted from second state with “Personal History” at top)
•Language: English
•Binding: Hardcover; tight & secure
•Size: ~9in X 6in (23cm x 15cm)

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1869 1st ed The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain Travel

Estimate $500 - $1,000Nov 5, 2017