Melbourne: George Robertson, 1872.
Later printing. , 9-384 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Inscribed by Twain in New Zealand. Publisher's red cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. Covers worn and starting, lacking f.f.e.p., title page working loose, manuscript calculations on last leaf. Item #315937
Inscribed across the title page: "Sincerely Yours/Mark Twain/Nov. 14 95/To Mrs. Fisher". On the date inscribed, Twain gave his second of three "At Home" performances at the Theatre Royal, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Twain was in the midst of his long tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1895-1896, five weeks of which were spent in New Zealand, where he was a sensation. Of Twain’s published works at the time of the tour, "New Zealanders probably knew Innocents best... [and] Chistchurch was delighted to greet Twain. He arrived on November 12 and stayed four days, delivering all three of the 'At Home' lectures to sold-out crowds at the Theatre Royal. He granted several interviews, commenting positively on New Zealand’s natural wonders, colonial hospitality, and audiences. Christchurch could not get enough of Twain. When he took the stage, 'the people began to stand up and cheer … more minutes than Christchurch audience usually devote to that sort of thing.’ Attendees were enthralled by his 'American humor … nasal twang, slow deliberation … quaint sayings … [and] odd terms of expression,' and each performance was lavishly praised. The local Savage Club feted Twain, complete with a Maori chant, and he so enjoyed himself that he told a few dinner stories… " (Weir “Vagabond Abroad: Mark Twain’s 1895 Visit to New Zealand” in The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Oct 2009, p 489 & 503).
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