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    Sale 5141

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    12 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 146

    CONTINENTAL TOUR. Manuscript travel journal, 'From London to Antwerp', 1839, in 8 chapters, written in brown ink with 4 full-page and 5 text illustrations in pen-and-ink, one ?after H M Thomson, and one labelled 'from the Glasgow Mirror' (a few spots), 3 volumes (197 x 125mm), contemporary limp olive morocco, titled in gilt, marbled endpapers (light wear to extremities, lower inner hinge of vol. I split).

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    CONTINENTAL TOUR. Manuscript travel journal, 'From London to Antwerp', 1839, in 8 chapters, written in brown ink with 4 full-page and 5 text illustrations in pen-and-ink, one ?after H M Thomson, and one labelled 'from the Glasgow Mirror' (a few spots), 3 volumes (197 x 125mm), contemporary limp olive morocco, titled in gilt, marbled endpapers (light wear to extremities, lower inner hinge of vol. I split).

    A detailed and charming travel journal, comprising an account of a woman's tour through France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany from July 1838 to 1839, accompanied by her parents and friend, 'Dr Rogers'. Leaving London on board the steamer Victoria, they travel to Antwerp and Liège, up the Rhine to Wiesbaden, attend a fete at Aix-la-Chapelle, journey back to Liège, visiting Brussels, Ghent, Lille and Paris, the account ending with the journey 'from Amiens to Boulogne'. The diary includes descriptions of cities ('Liege has rather a mean appearance... it is the Birmingham of the Low Countries'), cathedrals, local life and hotels, offering insights into 19th-century travel (such as the 'sad scramble for seats at dinner' on board the steamer, and the 'smuggling douanier' with contraband bottles of eau-de-cologne), with close observations of fellow travellers ('I saw Lady William Paget, she is remarkably handsome and prospers that indescribable air of high breeding, which characterises our nobility'). The skilfull pen-and-ink drawings provide further observations of local life and customs, showing soldiers ('a set of regular lilliputians'), different types of headdress in France and the Low Countries, a nun at prayer, a woman at confession and an open air dance in Flanders.


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