ROUGHING IT and THE INNOCENTS AT HOME. Mark Twain.
ROUGHING IT and THE INNOCENTS AT HOME.

ROUGHING IT and THE INNOCENTS AT HOME.

With 200 original illustrations by F.A. Fraser. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1882. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black and lettered in gilt.

First Combined UK Edition of this very early Twain title. In February 1872, Routledge published two fragile "yellow-back" Twain volumes -- "ROUGHING IT" (244 pages) around the 10th to 16th, and THE INNOCENTS AT HOME (224 pages) around the 17th to 24th; each was a "copyright edition" because, for copyright purposes, each slightly preceded the (combined) 592-page American edition titled ROUGHING IT. Later in 1872, both Routledge volumes were reissued bound together, though still separately printed and paginated.

Beginning with TOM SAWYER in 1876, Chatto & Windus became Twain's UK publisher, and introduced the bright red pictorial binding that would grace Twain's UK works for the next two decades or so. In 1882 (as here), Routledge printed this new profusely-illustrated combined edition (495 pages), in the bright red pictorial cloth binding popularized by his competitor Chatto & Windus.

This copy is in the first binding state, with "Routledge" at the foot of the spine. (Later copies to be bound up are in the same binding but with "Chatto & Windus" at the foot of the spine: Routledge was not going out of business, but obviously C&W had taken over the binding and distribution of this title.)

This is an attractive, very good-plus copy (spine slightly soiled, but there is little external wear and the gilt remains bright) -- of an uncommon title. The early-1880s was the time UK publishers experimented with binding with staples rather than string, and this copy is an unusual instance of a hefty staple-bound book that has held together very well (though as always the staples have some rust). Blanck 3630; also see 3335 & 3336 & 3599. Item #14985

Price: $395.00

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