(Hartford, Conn. American Publishing Company, 1880). 229 x 152 mm. (9 x 6"). xvi, 17-631,  pp. FIRST EDITION, Second State (frontispiece labeled "Titian's Moses").
Publisher's brown cloth, upper cover with amusing gilt illustration of Twain in hiking gear. With 328 illustrations, 35 of them full-page plates, the rest woodcuts in the text. Front free endpaper with ink inscription: "1880 / Merry Christmas / From / Your Friends." BAL 3386. ◆Two faint circles (water stains?) and small spot to front board, other minor external stains and fading, plates faintly toned because of paper stock, isolated trivial marginal spotting, but a very good copy of a book difficult to fine in excellent shape--generally clean and fresh internally, in a pleasing, solid binding.
This is a companion volume to Twain's popular "The Innocents Abroad" (1869), the new work being described in the prospectus as "a gossipy record of the author's great pedestrian tour through Germany and other parts of Europe during the past two years, in which he delineates by pen and pencil the many strange scenes he beheld, the adventures he passed through, and the people he met and mingled with." According to ANB, Twain gathered material for the book during "a family tour of Europe that ended in England, where he met Charles Darwin, to their mutual pleasure, in August 1879." (ST16866u)