Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968. First edition. Hardcover. Clean, tight 4to, 330pp. A few tiny chips to jacket edges. B/W illustrations. Near Fine / very good +. Item #17684
A story of the first luxury cruise ship, (1867), that was to take the rich and famous and pious for a five month trip to the Holy Land. The only famous cruiser was Twain (before he was famous) and the information he collected was used to write his book, Innocents Abroad. the author reconstructs the cruise in the witty, caustic manner of Twain himself using passenger correspondence, newspaper accounts, the Captain's logbook, and a number of Twain/Clemen's unpublished manuscripts and diary.