ELBOW-ROOM: A NOVEL WITHOUT A PLOT. Philadelphia: J. M. Stoddart & Co. Chicago and Cincinnati: A. G. Nettleton & Co. San Francisco, Cal.: A Roman & Co., . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-384, flyleaves at front and rear, numerous illustrations in text by Arthur B. Frost, original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in black and gold, and rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers. First edition. Although called a "novel," this is a collection of humorous linked stories featuring the inhabitants of a small Eastern hillside town called Millburg. It is a followup to OUT OF THE HURLY BURLY; OR, LIFE IN AN ODD CORNER (1874), Clark's phenomenally successful first book. Some of the stories here are mildly fantastic, about wacky inventions that go awry or faddish pursuits that do likewise, including an attempt to mesmerize a baby. Much of the humor, a notoriously perishable commodity, is still fresh, with something of the mordant bemused stance of Twain. Together with the illustrations by the celebrated Frost, an amusing book. Wright (III) 1050. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, mild bumps to corners, a very good copy. (#161456).
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