THEIR WEDDING JOURNEY

THEIR WEDDING JOURNEY

(Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1895).

A BEAUTIFUL COPY, VERY SCARCE TO FIND IN THE ORIGINAL DUSTJACKET. "The Dean of American Letters" first successful novel is of interest not only because it remains a gently humorous book of American manners, but because one can see how he first tried to move from the romanticism of his early Heine-like poems, to the realism of his later novels. Many also consider THEIR WEDDING JOURNEY to also be more of a travelogue or series of sketches than a true novel in format. The story follows Basil and Isabel March on their honeymoon journey. They travel from Boston to New York and up the Hudson River and west to Rochester and Niagara Falls, and along to the Thousand Islands, Montreal and Quebec and south, home to Boston. Along their way they travel by carriage and train and boat. Howells dominated American literature between the Civil War and the Great War. He was the man most responsible for what came to be known as Literary Realism, which was a reaction to the Romantics
John G. Whittier wrote of THEIR WEDDING JOURNEY; "Nothing so graceful and pleasant has appeared for a long time." A Harper's reviewer commented, "the charm of Mr. Howells's style prevents his book from being in any sense commonplace, and we read it with wonder at the eyes which see so much to entertain and amuse where ordinary eyes see little or nothing." Item #27868

The Very Handsome Riverside Press Illustrated edition. With numerous engraved illustrations all throughout by Clifford Carleton. 8vo, original sage cloth, with lovely decoration and lettering in gilt on both the upper cover and the spine, t.e.g., in the very scarce original brown cloth dustwrapper gilt lettered within a decorative coronet on the spine. vii, 399pp. A fine and attractive copy, with just some very minor age mellowing, the jacket is fine as well though the rear of which has a little spotting to the paper backing.

Price: $275.00