The Sleeping Car: A Farce by William Dean Howells
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The Sleeping Car: A Farce by William Dean Howells

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The Sleeping Car by William Dean Howells is a late 19th century American comedy, a farce taking place in a sleeping-car on the Boston and Albany Railroad. Featuring Howells's the stock characters, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts (representing the author and his wife), the Campbells (based on Mr. and Mrs. Mark Twain), and a miscellaneous cast, the play was copyrighted in 1883 and 1911.

This collectible hardcover edition, published by Houghton, Mifflin Company, is in very good condition for it's century+ years. The spine is firm, and the pages are securely stitched and, except for some age related general discoloration, clean and clear of smudges, stains or markings.

The cover has slightly bumped corners and light shelf wear, a tear at the base of the spine and a crease along the top edge, more visible on the inside, which slightly affects top corners of the first 43 pages. The navy blue cover is embossed with silver frames and scrolls embracing the title and author's name, which is shown as W. D. Howells.

An interesting and humorous antiquarian addition to a bookworm's shelves or antique collector's library of vintage books and plays, it measures approximately 4 inches high x 3 1/4" wide x 3/8" thick.

At that time considered a "pocket edition," it is 74 pages long. 

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