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Louise Catherine Hartmann [Laurence]
Autograph Grand Tour Diary with TransAtlantic Steamship Ephemera
Belleville, Illinois, 1903. Very Good. Unpublished autograph travel diary in a small notebook. May-June 1901. One commercially-produced octavo notebook (19cm x 12cm) of 48 unlined pages, sewn gatherings, all pageblock edges gilt. Covered for preservation in black plasticized faux leather, with a stylized vintage label-Tagebuch [Journal]-painted in silver, by an amateur hand, on the front. The same party replaced the commercial endpapers with handmade fiber paper, and restitched the gatherings while sewing in the stiff cards of steamship ephemera. A recent previous owner of the material has included five photocopies of pertinent material, with notes implying direct conversation with Louise Hartmann. N.B.: these are recent photocopies for background, not contemporaneous vintage photographs. The re-covering and restitching efforts are amateurish, but endearing; "rebinding" is too fancy a word for the results. The faux leather has been attached with glue and handled awkwardly at corners; the endpapers are inappropriate; the stitching is correct but so robust that it has cracked off the gutter edge of several of the stiff cards it was meant to retain. All of the intended cards appear to be preserved, but four of their leaves are now detached. The autograph diary recounts the first travel abroad, in 1901, of Louise Catherine Hartmann, later Laurence (1883-1970). She was the tenth and youngest child of Bernhard and Anna Hartmann of Belleville, Illinois. He was a successful German-born brewer, prominent in the Belleville-centered brewing and Germanic community. Louise co … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Capitol Hill Books [Washington, DC, U.S.A.]

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