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Twain, Mark. Roughing It

Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1872

Original brown-black cloth gilt. Slight fraying of cloth. A fine, tight copy. Half morocco case.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE. Mark Twain’s third book (preceded only by Innocents Abroad and a collection of stories), Roughing It cemented the author’s reputation as one of the great figures in American life and literature. Roughing It is based on Twain’s own experiences as a miner and reporter in the West in the 1860s. This hilarious, rough-and-tumble narrative records a journey across the plains from St. Louis to Nevada and life and adventures in Virginia City, San Francisco, and the Sandwich Islands. Through Twain’s vivid prose and memorable retelling of his adventures, Roughing It played an important role in establishing popular perceptions of life in the Old West.

A sharp copy of this fragile book.