A Year in Books/Day 48: Seeing Europe with Famous Authors

  • Title: Seeing Europe with Famous Authors Vol. II Great Britain and Ireland Part Two
  • Editor: Francis W. Halsey
  • Year Published: 1914 (Funk & Wagnalls Company)
  • Year Purchased: September, 2010
  • Source: Springfield (OH) Antique Show & Flea Market
  • About: This tiny book was one of a ten-volume compilation series culled from previously published travel essays by famous authors. On hand are pieces by Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Boswell, William Makepeace Thackeray, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and others. Even in 1914, some of the essays were decades old. Now, they all read like history as well as travel-they remain fascinating word-gems of a time long ago surpassed by the frantic rhythms of our modern world.
  • Motivation: I bought this perfectly preserved first-edition copy while shopping for vintage lovelies for my December 2010 nuptials. It was too adorable and cheap ($3.00) to pass up. History and literature is a heady mix for this girl.
  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 54: “It is doubtful whether the name of any lighthouse is so familiar throughout the English-speaking world as the “Eddystone.” Certainly no other “pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day,” can offer so romantic a story of dogged engineering perseverance, of heartrending disappointments, disaster, blasted hopes, and brilliant success.”
  • Happiness Scale: 7 1/2
    English: photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson

    Image via Wikipedia


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