Lot 126

"Roughing It", By Mark Twain First Ed. 1872

Estimate: $750 - $1,500

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Presented in this lot is a RARE 1872 1st Edition, "Roughing It" by Mark Twain, (SAMUEL L. CLEMENS.) FULLY ILLUSTRATED BY EMINENT ARTISTS. (Issued by Subscription Only, And Not For Sale In Book Stores.) (Residents Of Any State Desiring A Copy Should Address The Publishers As Below.) HARTFORD, CONN., AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY. F.G. GILMAN & CO., CHICAGO, ILL.; W.E. BLISS, TOLEDO, OHIO.; NETTLETON & CO., CINCINNATI, OHIO ; D. ASHMEAD, PHILADELPHIA, PENN ; A. ROMAN & COMPANY, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. 1872 This copy is a first state of the first printing, meaning there are several states of the first printing. Most of them have only some of the errors and corrections. There are a very few copies that represent the absolute first state with all of the errors! Illustrated with 2 frontispieces plates, 4 tipped in plates and numerous figures, 300 illustrations including full-page plates. The book follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. Twain joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west. Twain consulted his brother's diary to refresh his memory and borrowed heavily from his active imagination for many stories in the book. "Roughing It" illustrates many of Twain's early adventures, including a visit to Salt Lake City, gold and silver prospecting, real-estate speculation, a journey to the King of Hawaii, and his beginnings as a writer. This memoir provides examples of Twain's rough-hewn humor, which would become a staple of his writing in such later books as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and A Connecticutt Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889). This book is in amazing condition considering its age. The original leather binding is mounted on a contemporary leather cover, the five compartment spine features the gold gilt black morroco title label, cover edges show scuffing, some pages appears frayed on the top edge, foxing evident throughout, cursory inspection did not note more obvious damage. Measurements 6.25"W x 9"L x 2"D