Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, 1880. Item #01008
The Unofficial Sequel to “The Innocents Abroad”—
“It is Delicious”
TWAIN, Mark. A Tramp Abroad; Illustrated by W. Fr. Brown, True Williams, B. Day and Other Artists—With Also Three or Four Pictures Made by the Author of This Book, Without Outside Help; in all Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight Illustrations…Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, 1880.
First edition, second state frontispiece (captioned “Titian’s Moses”), with portrait frontispiece B, sheets state B, cover stamping state B. Octavo (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 222 x 140 mm.). xvi, -631, [1, advertisement for The Innocents Abroad], [2, blank] pp. Inserted portrait frontispiece, inserted frontispiece, and five inserted plates, twenty-eight additional plates reckoned in the pagination, and 295 text illustrations.
Original dark brown cloth decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Pale buff end papers. Slight wear to spine extremities, gilt a little dull, but overall a very good copy.
“One day it occurred to me that it had been many years since the world had been afforded the spectacle of a man adventurous enough to undertake a journey through Europe on foot. After much thought, I decided that I was a person fitted to furnish to mankind this spectacle. So I determined to do it” (from Chapter One).
Prior to the publication of A Tramp Abroad, Twain reported "This new book of mine is different from any book I ever wrote. Before, I revised the manuscript as I went a long, and knew pretty well at the end of each week how much of the week's work I should use, and how much I should throw away. But this one has been written pretty much all in a lump, and I hardly know how much of it I will use, or how much will have to be torn up. When I start at it I tear it up pretty fast, but I think the first half will stand pretty much as it is. I am not quite sure that there is enough yet prepared, but I am still at work at it" (The New York Times, September 3, 1879).
“It is delicious, whether you open it at the sojourn in Heidelberg, or the voyage down the Neckar on a raft, or the mountaineering in Switzerland, or the excursion beyond Alps into Italy” (William Dean Howells, The Atlantic, May 1880).
BAL 3386. Johnson, Twain, pp. 33-35.