New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1892.
First edition of his first book. 176 pp.,  pp. “Price List of Publications issued by Charles L. Webster & Co.”. 1 vols. 8vo. ‘the straw that broke the back of Webster & Co.’. Original green cloth, mostly lettered in gilt, decorated in dark green. Some rubbing of cloth, the bookplate of Thomas Perkins on the front pastedown and the blindstamp of Fred, S. Collins, Bookseller of Boston, on blank after price list at back, a small rust mark on front endpapers and light browning of text, else a very good copy of this romance. Seven Gables Book Shop “ First Books” 19; Wright Fiction 2:197. Item #18926
BACHELLER'S FIRST BOOK, INSCRIBED.
With a long inscription on the front blank in Bacheller’s fine hand, reading “This is my first trial at writing a longish tale. There were only seven hundred, or so, printed of which this is one. It seems to have been the straw that broke the back of Webster & Co. Irving Bacheller. Riverside, Ct. May 21, 1917.” In Bacheller's “Coming up the Road” he wrote that the “firm died after six hundred copies had been sold.”
Charles Webster was Clemens' publisher, former business manager, and nephew by marriage. Part of the “Fiction, Fact and Fancy Series.” Edited by Arthur Stedman.