A beautiful edition with the formatting and all 300 images from the original first edition published in 1872. A semi-autobiographical account of Mark Twain's early adventures in western America. It is the first of his several travel books. He recounts his attempts at gold and silver mining which led to his becoming a paper millionaire for ten days. He gets involved in real estate speculation amid his time in Nevada and California. He details his trip to Salt Lake City and encounters with the Brigham Young Mormons. At the end of the book, he travels to Hawaii and describes viewing the lava flows and eruptions from the volcanoes that are active even today. It is a thoroughly entertaining tale of the Wild West.