The Innocents Abroad or the New Pilgrims Progress
Author: Mark Twain (PSUED Samuel Langhorne Clemens) [1835-1910]
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
xxiv+613++[32 ad] pages with black and white frontispiece and 234 illustrations. Small Octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's red cloth with black and gilt embossed imprint to cover and spine. First edition published in 1881, this is a latter printing with the ads dated 1886.
The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American “New Barbarians” and the European “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully skewering the ethos of American tourism in Europe, Twain’s lively satire ultimately reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. As Twain himself points out, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” And Jane Jacobs observes in her Introduction, “If the reader is American, he may also find himself on a tour of his own psyche.”
Foxing to front end papers and title page, corners bumped and rubbed, small pea size stain on front board, spine soiled and sunned, cover gilt brite but lightly soiled, else about a very good copy.
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