[Mark Twain, Bret Harte (contributors)]. The Overland Monthly. Devoted to the Development of the Country. San Francisco: A. Roman & Company, July 1868[-June 1869]. First edition, consisting of the first twelve issues (two volumes, six issues each). Octavo (9 x 5.75 inches; 227 x 145 mm.). -584; [4, title-leaf and contents], -584 pages. Recent black half-leather over marbled paper covered boards; spine in five panels with four raised bands, lettered and ruled in gilt, boards ruled in blind; all edges of the text block trimmed; speckled endpapers. All twelve original front wrappers bound in, no ads or rear wrappers. Leather lightly rubbed with a few negligible scuffs. Some minor soiling to the wrappers, light marginal wear and spot staining throughout the text. Charles College Library and Sulpician Seminary Library rubber stamps found in the first issue. Very good.
Contains four Mark Twain contributions: "By Rail through France" (volume 1: issue 1, pages 18-21), "A Californian Abroad—A Few Parisian Sights" (1:2, pages 120-126), "A Californian Abroad—Three Italian Cities" (1:3, pages 209-215) and "A Californian Abroad—A Mediæval Romance" (1:4, pages 316-320). All published together the following year in The Innocents Abroad. Also with ten contributions from Bret Harte, including first printings his two most famous stories, "The Luck of Roaring Camp" (1:2, pages 183-189) and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" (2:1, pages 41-47); two from J. Ross Browne and Henry George's "What the Railroad Will Bring Us." BAL 3589. (#10162).