1st Printing. BAL 3451. Blue cloth, elaborate gold lettering and decorations on spine, intriguing four colors and gold rectangular elephant inset on front board, portrait frontispiece with facsimile signature and tissue guard, title page in green and black with date MDCCCXCVII (1897) and only Hartford imprint. Profusely illustrated. Nice Firm copy ! Light general wear. Page ends lightly browned. Binding cloth not torn or frayed, though rubbed at the usual points of spine ends and board tips. Hinges fine, no binding looseness in textblock. Frontispiece tissue guard foxed, lightly transferred to frontispiece and title. Free pressed tree leaf included! Signature mark (weak) on page 161 under and. 712 pages. Following the Equator (American English title) or More Tramps Abroad (English title), Twains' 5th and last travel book, is an account of Clemens' 1895 trip around the world. The author criticizes racism, imperialism and missionary zeal in observations woven into the narrative with classical Twain wit. Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to a failed investment into a 'revolutionary' typesetting machine. In an attempt to extricate himself from debt he undertook a tour of the British Empire in 1895, a route chosen to provide numerous opportunities for lectures in the English language.