ROUGHING IT. Mark Twain.
ROUGHING IT.

ROUGHING IT.

Fully Illustrated by Eminent Artists. (Issued by Subscription Only, and Not For Sale in Bookstores...) Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company [etc.], 1872. 1 page undated ads. Original black cloth decorated in gilt.

First American Edition, first issue, of this very early Twain title -- his fourth major book. In July 1861, as the Civil War was getting underway, Twain headed out west as private secretary to his brother Orion, who had just been appointed Secretary of Nevada Territory; Twain's "account of the continental crossing with Orion is a full-throated celebration of a golden era, of travel, youth, adventure, and America's last frontier" [Kaplan].

According to Blanck the first issue is identifiable by the proper printing, as here, of lines 20-21 on p. 242.; also this copy does have ads on p. [592], which may be a further first-issue point. MacDonnell goes on to identify other issue points, on pages 156 and 330; in both cases this copy has the earlier state. This is a very good-plus copy (some wear at the spine ends and on the rear joint -- as appears on almost all cloth copies). MacDonnell pp 35-36; Blanck 3337 (indicating that the British editions may have been issued a few days earlier); McBride p. 18.

In our experience, it is quite difficult to find in decent shape copies of the first three of Twain's books that were issued in this hefty, oversized format (THE INNOCENTS ABROAD in 1869, this title in 1872, and THE GILDED AGE in 1873); it is not that hard to find the fourth and last (A TRAMP ABROAD in 1879). Item #14978

Price: $975.00

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