Item #231128055 A Tramp Abroad [FORE-EDGE PAINTING]. Mark Twain, Samuel L. Clemens.
A Tramp Abroad [FORE-EDGE PAINTING]
A Tramp Abroad [FORE-EDGE PAINTING]
A Tramp Abroad [FORE-EDGE PAINTING]
A Tramp Abroad [FORE-EDGE PAINTING]

A Tramp Abroad [FORE-EDGE PAINTING]

London: Chatto & Windus, 1880. First Edition. Leather bound. First UK one-volume edition, with fore-edge painting, in a custom binding, duodecimo size, 587 pp. Fine. Item #231128055

One of America's most esteemed writers Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name of Mark Twain, created classic characters and stories that have endured for generations; his writing is characterised by his wit and humour, evident in both his fiction and nonfiction.

"A Tramp Abroad" was published in 1880, about fifteen years after Twain's first published work, and is a mixture of autobiography and fictional events as the author and his companion (the Reverend Joseph Twichell, named Harris in the book) make their way across 19th-century Europe. Rife with typical Twain humor, the narrator "believe(s) that he understands all that he sees, but in reality understand(s) none of it" (n.b., above info from Wiki).

This volume embellished with a fore-edge painting taken from the illustration found on p. 111 depicting two boys floating down a river on a raft (umbrellas aloft above their heads), and a circle to the right with a head-shot portrait of Twain. The original cloth from the front board serving as the front paste-down, in a custom leather binding.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full brown leather (no binder's stamp), gilt decorative border on both boards, author's name in gilt on the front board, spine with gilt lettering and three compartments richly decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, fore-edge painting (n.b., this appears to us to be fairly recent), original cloth from the front board mounted and serving as a front pastedown, the other endpapers marbled, "Titian's Moses" the frontispiece, title page dated 1880 (see note below under "Citation"), with (according to the title page) "Three Hundred and Fourteen Illustrations"; duodecimo size (7 3/8" by 5 1/8"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-xxii [1, blank] [1] 2-564.

___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards, the leather smooth and supple, the gilt bright and unrubbed, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light scattered foxing on a few pages, else fine. Note that this copy lacking ads at the rear.

___CITATIONS: BAL, no. 3386; Johnson, p. 35. According to the BAL, this London one-volume edition (ca. August, 1880) was published subsequent to the London two-volume edition (ca. April, 1880).

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Price: $1,500.00