(Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1872). 225 x 145 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 3/4"). xviii, 591,  (ad) pp. FIRST EDITION, BAL State B (p. 242, line 21 lacking the word "his" ).
Publisher's brown half morocco over buckram, raised bands, spine panels with blind-stamped leaf tool, gilt titling, marbled endpapers and edges. With 200 illustrations by "eminent artists," including two frontispieces and six inserted plates. Front flyleaf with pencilled signature of M. Pangburn. BAL 3337; Zamorano Eighty 18. Extremities a bit rubbed, a little bubling to buckram, two openings with three-inch triangular offsetting (from paper scrap used as bookmark?), occasional minor smudges or stains, mostly in margins, one short marginal tear, but a very good, fresh copy with nothing approaching a fatal defect, in the sturdy original binding.
Described by its author as "a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing" and by the Oxford Companion as "a vigorous, many-sided portrait of the Western frontier," this follow-up to "Innocents Abroad" is a semi-autobiographical account of the period in the 1860s that Clemens spent as a newspaperman, silver prospector, and aspiring writer in California and Nevada. He documents his encounters with prospectors, Native Americans, and Mormons, as well as his voyage to the Sandwich Islands (i.e., Hawaii). According to ANB, this work "enriched Twain's reputation as a carefree, footloose humorist whose books built on interesting subjects." Zamorano notes the author's "delightful humor . . has endeared him to all confirmed Californians." (ST14255)
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PJP Catalog: SE18BF.032