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Letters from a Globetrotter
1925 - An interesting travelogue consisting of 53 letters covering 159 pages plus 119 postmarked foreign postage stamps which is bound in black limp leatherette and fastened with two silver bolts. Faint silhouette of an elephant on front cover along with title & author. There is also a copy of a sketch of a ship by the author as well as a fold-out map of the world so the subscriber could follow the author's trek. Also included are twelve black-and-white plates from photographs and a radiogram he sent informing members he was nearing the North Pole. The letters were written by Elmer D. Raymond for members of the Round-the-World Society. In 1925, Raymond traveled to exotic places and every few days would mail members a four-sided (each side 6" x 9") letter with the subscriber's address and a stamp on the front followed by a copy of a three-page typed letter - all on what appears to be rag paper. In each of these letters he describes his adventures. When the letters were received, the member would then place them in a leatherette two-holed binder. At the top of each letter the writer would provide a title explaining where he was located at that time, then would launch into describing his explorations of the area. Postmarked letters began in July 1925 in New York and continued through the end of the year. From NY he headed via boat to Norway as he prepared to make a dash to the North Pole. Then Raymond traveled back to Germany and Paris, France; then he was off to the Riviera, Italy and the mysteries of Africa. His first African stop, after a stormy voyage, was in Tunis, where he visited the ruins of ancient Carthage, and then moved on to Morocco. During his tour of northern Africa, he had numerous " harrowing" experiences, including being shot at and threatened with death by some of the local tribesmen. Raymond also visited the Kasbah plus feasted and falcon-hunted with a real sheik. His letters make interesting reading and are filled with anecdotes and stories describing the local people and customs. Definitely, an unusual & interesting item! [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Vivian J. Moore]
Last Found On: 2017-06-22           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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