“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't": First Edition of Mark Twain's Following the Equator
Hartford, Connecticut: The American Publishing Company, 1897.
First edition, first issue of the author’s pointed social critique of British Imperialism with the signature mark “11” on page 161. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine mounted cover illustration. With portrait frontispiece from a photograph of the author and 192 other illustrations by notable illustrators as A.B. Frost, Peter Newell and Dan Beard. Bookplate. In fine condition with a touch of shelfwear to the foot of the spine. An exceptional example.
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