Following the Equator.
A Journey Around the World.Hartford, Connecticut : The American Publishing Company, 1897 Stock Code: 142588
First edition of Twain's travelogue from a tour through the British Empire. This bright copy with the preferred single Hartford imprint, and the signature "11" at p. 161.
Having invested heavily in revolutionary but flawed typesetting machinery, by 1894 Twain was practically bankrupt. He thus set out on a tour of the British Empire in 1895 to 1896, ensuring an enthusiastic audience in every port of call for his lectures on British imperialism, racism, and the religious intolerance of missionaries, and providing material for this highly successful account.
Large octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, various coloured paper elephant vignette to front cover within gilt framing and decorations.
Title page printed within green frame, tree vignette in green. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations, of which 57 full page, by 11 different illustrators.
Neat contemporary ownership inscription to title page. Spine lightly sunned, minor rubbing to board edges, top edge faintly dust toned, front cover vignette slightly rubbed, contents clean; an attractive copy in very good condition.
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