Cincinnati: W.E. Dibble & Co., 1883. First edition. Extremities of spine frayed and worn. Edges and corners rubbed. Back joint starting. Pencil inscription of a former owner to front flyleaf. Light intermittent foxing. A good copy. Brown cloth, stamped in black and gilt on upper cover. Gilt lettering on spine. Floral endpapers. Octavo. 372 + [4 publisher's ads] pp. Item #16103
Eliza Archard Conner's "E.A." Abroad is a record of the author's experiences as she traveled across Europe to Italy and back. Its similarity to Mark Twain's A Tramp Abroad (Conner and her fellow tourists navigated the same territories as Twain) is a coincidence; Conner purposefully refrained from reading it until she began her return journey to America. However, both she and Twain happened to share the same sentiments and thoughts regarding their respective trips in some ways. In his introduction to Conner's book, J.M. Walden (along with a humorous denunciation of the theater and Sunday travel) notes that her impressions of her foreign journey are vivid and will produce a true appreciation for the Christian and American way of life.