Title: Road Trip 1910, or "Motoring through Paris, ...
Publication Date: 1910
Book Condition: Very Good+
Suede over flexible boards (oblong, 15 by 11.5 inches), with tie closures at fore-edge; contains 35 grey heavy cardstock leaves with original b/w photographs neatly labeled by hand and mounted direct to the rectos only, plus a manuscript title-page and 16 pages of text at the rear (8 leaves, handwritten on rectos and versos, in English). Records a road trip taken August 5th to September 2nd, 1910 -- naming cities, landmarks, and hotels -- sailing from Hoboken on the Kronprinz Wilhelm, then sailing again from Cherbourg to Paris, where the road trip commences. Includes nearly 150 b/w photographs (silver gelatin prints), ranging in size from 2.25-by-3.25 to about 8-by-11 inches. All are nicely composed and exposed, with just a few instances of under- or over-exposure, and some faint silvering here and there. Light scuffing or chipping at spine tips and corners; tie closures frayed and broken; slight wave to text block (from the adhesive), otherwise text block is bright and clean, in excellent condition. A nice variety of street- and landscapes, as well as personal photographs, from the journey on the Kronprinz Wilhelm, to the streets of cities visited, and the villages passed along the way (with a few photographs taken, and labeled, charmingly, "on the fly"). Our photographer includes some nice snapshots of his traveling companions (offering a look at the fashions of the period); candid photographs of people (frequently peasants and children), strangers encountered throughout the trip; windmills; Mont Blanc; ox carts; and more. Text ranges from the direct (they ordered flower bulbs in Haarlem), to the humorous (they were delayed by "officials. ripe for an asylum for the feeble minded"), and approaching the lyrical ("Going home into the sunset, the bottle green water under the sliffs, the grass green lower slopes blue, violet and pinky purple higher, and topped with whitest snow touching the bluest sky a few peaks in clinging clouds"). A rich, unique volume. Bookseller Inventory # D4428
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