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McKnight, Mary Baird.  Manuscript on paper, in English. European travel diary. Rome, Seville, Paris, Gibralter, & elsewhere.: , 1895. 4to (19 cm, 7.5"). [136] pp.; illus. & lay-ins.
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A grand three-and-a-half-month adventure in Europe, memorialized in a combination journal-scrapbook created by Mary Baird McKnight (1866–1958). Daughter of Charles McKnight (1826–1881), a journalist and proprietor of periodicals including The Pittsburgh Chronicle, The Illustrated People's Monthly, and The Evening News of Philadelphia, McKnight was 28 years old and single at the time of the trip. She started out in Italy and ended in France: The diary opens with an entry from Rome, and closes with a letter written home from Paris on 2 July affixed at the back of the volume. Along the way she visited the Vatican, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain, providing daily descriptions of the scenery and people along with museums, cathedrals, events, etc. => While her handwriting requires some study, it is legible, and her notes are detailed.
        Many of the pages feature => small affixed photographic reproductions of the sights. Among the other intriguing items present are a first-class ticket booklet from Seville to Madrid (perforation- and rubber-stamped), the color-printed folding cabin passenger list for the Kaiser Wilhelm II steamship sailing from Genoa to New York (via Gibraltar, where Mary stopped), a bullfight ticket, the card of Wayne MacVeagh (United States ambassador to Italy), letterheads from many of the hotels and restaurants visited, and numerous other souvenirs, as well as instances of dried flower and plant matter.

Canvas-covered limp wrappers with leather edging; cloth with date inked in upper outer corner and with small spots of discoloration, leather edging lost at spine extremities and worn elsewhere. Pages age-toned, with some starting to separate; that said, however, this compendium is in a better state of conservation than most "mixed media" constructions of the sort. The affixations remain affixed, the artistically arranged clipped images have not faded to mere shadows, the pressed flowers have not crumbled and retain color. => A unique and remarkable travelogue.  (41244)   Please RESHELVE This.


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