New York: Harper and Brothers, 1898. First edition, later printing. Hardcover. Very Good. 1898. First edition, later printing, as indicated by the correction on p. 187, line 16 ('cipher' replacing 'ciper'). Hardcover, 8vo. in red cloth, with gilt title and spine decoration, top edge gilt. 233pp. Very good. Scuffing and finger smudging to rear board. Blunting to corners and spine ends. Title page remains uncut. Internally clean, bright, and unmarked. A handsome first of Twain's essay collection, which includes the titular essay along with 'In Defense of Harriet Shelly', 'Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses', 'Traveling with a Reformer', and others. Digital images available upon request. (Blanck2, 3449).
(Inventory #: z010243)
Literature, Arts & Photography, Western Pennsylvania, General Scholarly
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