Personal Diary of an American's Voyage to Europe : May - Sept. 1873 (European Grand Tour, Masonic Lodge). Charles R. Potter.

Personal Diary of an American's Voyage to Europe : May - Sept. 1873 (European Grand Tour, Masonic Lodge)

1873. Softcover. New York and Europe. Leather bound flexible covers, tall 16mo (6-1/4 inches [16 cm] tall), all edges gilt, pp. [unpaginated], filled with sewn-in lined paper sheets having Potter's manuscript handwriting and drawings in pencil, illustrated with a number of sketches showing the various people and places visited (including Hamburg's Mayor), loosely laid in is a ferrotype portrait of Potter, taken at Estabrooke's Studio in Piccadilly, London. Volume with light wear to extremities, hinges cracked, storage pocket at rear (containing the ferrotype portrait and a single folded sheet of notes) has a small old tape repair at front. Provenance written in ink onto front pastedown "B. 1836... age 37" etc. and at the end of voyage log by a relative "I sailed out of Boston Harbour Feb. 28, 1944 bound for the war in Europe 71 years later. Orland Potter" Very Good. Item #1643

Written partially at sea (inc. a sighting of the SS "Great Eastern" and the christenings of two children born in steerage) and partially on the road, Potter's diary records the travels and experiences of his independently undertaken "European Grand Tour" and elorabates on his many stops in the cities of Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and the UK, etc. He also visits Jewish synagogues, attends opera and ballet performances and enjoys "... a lodge Banquet ... [with] our Masonic Brethren" in a Masonic Lodge in Furth, Germany. Perhaps fleeing the Cholera outbreak by departing in May, Potter arrived home in September to the unfolding of the "Panic of 1873", which closed the Stock Exchange for 10 days and caused an ensuing economic depression that lasted for the next five years. A very good copy of an American post-Civil War travel journal departing from NY and returning to Boston.

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