Hard Cover. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1880. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first state, with the "Moses" frontispiece. Original publisher's brown cloth, stamped in gilt and blind, brown speckled edges, pale peach endpapers. A very good or better copy with some light wear to the spine ends, spine lightly faded, corners lightly worn, spine shaken and hinges tender. An attractive example of the first state. BAL 3386. A Tramp Abroad is Twain's third travel book, which he said was "written by one loafer for a brother loafer to read" (The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain). Specifically, it tells the story of the author's adventures through the Alps with his fictional friend Harris. A combination of fiction and autobiography, the plot is based on Twain's summers in Europe with his family and especially his tours of the Black Forest and Switzerland with Joseph Twichell, who served as the inspiration for Harris.