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Wade, William D
Manuscript journal of an extensive tour through Europe with his sister and two friends
February 19 to October 13, 1870. 3 volumes, small folio, approx. 250 pages, approx. 65,000 words, in ink; contemporary gilt-stamped full calf; contains a very useful index with places visited, dates of travel, with volume number and page number in volume I; also 4 cartes de visite of the four tourists, William D. Wade, Emma C. Wade, Emilie B. Pratt, and Louis Heicher, apparently taken in Munich by the studio photographer, M. Possenbacher. Volume I scuffed and worn, especially the spine; volumes II and III are better; all bindings sound, and the penmanship quite legible. Brooklynite William Dwight Wade (b.1847) embarked on the grand tour with his sister, Emma Cleveland Wade (b.1844), and his cousin, Emilie Brace Pratt (b.1850). They were also accompanied by an older friend and "courier," who served as general travel agent, escort, and facilitator, Louis Heicher. The journey took place on the brink of the The Franco-Prussian War; the war which saw the Siege of Paris and led to the establishment of the German Empire. William Wade, a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and later brass manufacturer and manufacturer of printing inks, is a writer very much of his era. His prose is formal but replete with colorful description, and, of course, the party hit all the required classical highlights of the continent. By the late 19th century the Grand Tour would become an essentially American phenomenon. During the Gilded Age, America's upper classes and merchant classes traveled the world visiting the great European cities and the ancient sites of the Mediterranean, as pa … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (rulonmillerbooks) [Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States]
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