"Be good and you shall be lonesome" is lithographed and signed in Mark Twain's handwriting, on the frontispiece of this original edition of his Following the Equator. The words are written underneath a photo of Twain aboard a tramp steamer, feet up on the railing. The book was copyrighted by his wife, Olivia L. Clemens, in 1897, and the proper printer's mark is located on the proper page inside the text for a first edition.
Unfortunately, this book lived in a trunk full of books and legal papers for most of it's 113 years. Sounds good, but the trunk was rifled through quite often and this book ended up on the bottom, with no special care given to its unbelievably rare status. The cover is torn from the binding, and the leather binding itself has dried out and broken into 15-16 pieces, which I have in a baggy to save them until I can have the book properly restored. The pages of the book itself are in outstanding condition, but most people judge a book by its cover, and this one is shot. Still, a first edition Mark Twain is something to treasure, no matter what the condition as far as I'm concerned.