First American Edition in Original Cloth
TWAIN, Mark. Roughing It. Hartford: American Publishing Company , 1872.
First American edition, first issue with the advertisement on p. [592] and with lines 20-21 on p. 242 reading: “premises—said he/was occupying his” (BAL State A). Octavo ( 8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 220 x 140 mm). xviii, [19]-591, [1, ads] pp. Two frontispieces and six plates, numerous text illustrations.

Publisher’s dark brown pebble-grain cloth with covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover decoratively stamped in gilt, and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original peach endpapers. Edges sprinkled brown. Spine extremities with some repairs. Some additional small repairs to cloth at corners and edges. Previous owner's small red ownership stamp to a front and back free endpaper, on list of illustrations page (v), and on a blank spot of page 579, appendix. Overall a very good copy.

“A rambling reminiscence of the author’s journey by overland stage from Missouri to Nevada, together with his sojourns in the latter state, California, and the Hawaiian Islands, in the course of which a projected trip of three months lengthened to one of seven years. The author’s delightful humor has taken in its stride ‘the eternal Spring of San Francisco,’ ‘the deathless Summer of the Sacramento Valley,’ Twain’s literary labors for the Golden Era and the Californian, ‘pocket mining’ in old Tuolumne, and has endeared him to all confirmed Californians with perhaps the finest and certainly one of the best known descriptions of Mono Lake” (Zamorano Eighty).

Adams 443. BAL 3337. Cowan, p. 130. Graff 762. Hill, pp. 377-378. Howes C481. Johnson, pp. 13-16. Zamorano Eighty 18.

HBS # 67905 $850