Twain, Mark [Samuel L. Clemens]
Innocents Abroad, or the New Pilgrims' Progress.
Seller ID: 1800
Hartford: American Publishing, 1869. First edition, third state (pp. xviii, 651, adverts). Large octavo (22.5 cm) in original publisher's sheepskin, gilt titles on black labels to spine; two hundred thirty-four illustrations, advertising. The third state of the first edition. BAL at 3316 identifies three states or issues of the first edition. The third state is chacterized by and distinguished from the second by having at (unpaginated) 654 an advertisement 'History of the Bible�Album Family Bible'. In 'Collecting Mark Twain' (Firsts, July/ August 1998), Kevin MacDonnell discusses bindings at some length. The publisher produced the first edition in a number of binding styles, from simple black cloth to fancy full morocco. This copy is bound in the publisher's 'library style' or 'turkey morocco', which is to say, full sheepskin-- a soft and quickly worn leather, as witness the copy at hand. Previous owner's bookplate; wear to top and bottom of spine with some loss, hinges starting, tips worn; first signature or two a bit loose but generally clean and tight. Less than Very Good.
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