"The Innocents Abroad" sharply satirizes tourists who learn what they should see and feel by reading guidebooks. Assuming the role of a keen-eyed, shrewd Westerner, Twain was refreshingly honest and vivid in describing foreign scenes and his reactions to them. He alternated serious passages - history, statistics, description, explanation, argumentation - with risible ones. The humor itself was varied, sometimes in the vein of the Southwestern yarn spinners, sometimes in that of contemporaneous humorists, such as Artemis Ward and Josh Billings, who chiefly employed burlesque and parody and other verbal devices. Illustrating our gorgeous edition, Fritz Kredel, one of my favorite painters in LEC publications, fashioned 61 color illustrations; and four to nine colors were applied by hand, through stencils, in the studio of Walter Fischer in New York.Scattered around through the text, the illustrations are like a chance assortment of picture postcards. For our book's design, we are indebted to George Salter, who for the type chose English Monotype Bell. Both the composition and printing, of both illustrations and text, were performed at The Thistle Press in New York on a toned laid paper specially made by the Curtis Paper Company of Newark, Delaware. Under the supervision of the iconic Frank D. Fortney, the Russell-Rutter binders used decorated paper over boards, the peacock-tail marble pattern having been applied by hand by Douglas Cockerell & Son at Letchworth in Hertfordshire, England; and the spine is a fine red linen buckram, stamped in gold, with a leather label for the title and with a vignette by Mr.
Kredel stamped in pure gold leaf. This is number 804 of 1500 copies and is signed by Fritz Kredel.
The offer includes both the essential four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter and the prepublication announcement. This is a very informative and funny book, produced by numerous skilled artisans from all over the place, and it is in terrific condition.
It would be a welcome addition to any library of American literature and/or or Twain humor, and would be a most. Beautiful gift to a special reader or deserving friend. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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