First edition of the famous comedic memoir, a companion to the best-selling INNOCENTS ABROAD and a model for later satirical travel narratives like those of David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell – an exceptional copy.
A TRAMP ABROAD
"A jay can out-swear any gentleman in the mines. You think a cat can swear. Well, a cat can; but you give a blue-jay a subject that calls for his reserve-powers, and where is your cat?"
Twain shows off his characteristic wit, patter, yarn-spinning, and exaggeration in this travel narrative through Germany, Switzerland and the Alps, and more. TRAMP ABROAD also contains as an appendix his well-known essay "The Awful German Language," about Twain's difficulties learning German: "Some of the words are so long that they have a perspective." One of the few books famous for its appendices.
Read more: Blanck, Bibliography of American Literature (BAL), 3386.
Hartford, Conn. American Publishing Company, 1880. 8.5'' x 5.5''. Original brown pictorial cloth with central gilt-stamped vignette on front board and blind-stamped curved corner rules (BAL state B), gilt-stamped spine. Peach endpapers. Illustrated with engraved portrait of Twain (BAL state C), facing "Titian's Moses" frontispiece (BAL 2nd state), plus black-and-white wood engravings throughout. Ad for INNOCENTS ABROAD at rear. Sheets bulk BAL state A. xvi, 17-631,  pages. Short ink owner name and bookshelf label on front pastedown. Only light bumping to corners and spine ends. Text clean, hinges sound.
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