MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY FOR A ROUND THE WORLD CRUISE; [WITH THE WRITER'S HUSBAND'S PUBLISHED BOOK DOCUMENTING THE SAME VOYAGE]: TRAILING THE SUN AROUND THE EARTH: A series of circular letters from one of two pilgrims to the families at home, November 21, 1922, to August 1, 1923.

1) The diary being a 148pp. printed diary produced specifically for the voyage titled "My Log Book of the S.S. Laconia, American Express Cruise Around the World", completed in ink manuscript by Grace Hitchcock (very well filled). Publisher's original dark green textured cloth with titles in gilt to the upper board. Green card endpapers. Occasional small ink sketches by Hitchcock. A page of notes and two commemorative postcards loosely laid in. A near fine copy, the binding square and tight with a touch of shelf wear to the extremities. The contents with a hint of toning to the extremities and a small tear to a tipped-in additional page are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout. 2) First trade edition (second edition overall). Publisher's original navy blue cloth with titles in gilt to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Map endpapers. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece and 34 black and white photographs. A fine copy, the binding square, tight and bright, the contents clean and crisp throughout. Complete with the near fine un-clipped dustwrapper which has a 1.5cm tear to the head of the front panel, a little minor chipping to the spine ends and toning to the spine. An excellent copy.

An original manuscript diary kept by Grace Hitchcock during a 1922-23 round the world tour onboard the R.M.S. Laconia. Stopping in the Caribbean, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, the Middle East, Egypt, Italy, and France, Hitchcock documents the landscapes, peoples, and cultures she encounters, making additional notes on country's histories, costumes, flora and fauna, and recounting her own personal experiences on sea and land from shopping trips in Havana and watching traditional dancers in Seoul to sketching the different river boats of the Ganges and observing goats with colourfully painted horns in Johore. Grace's account of the trip, rich in detail and anecdote was never published, but her husband Halbert's ("Hal") was, first in a private edition for distribution to friends published in 1923, and then in a trade edition two years later. This book, itself an enjoyable romp around the globe by an American traveller in the 1920s, was dedicated to Grace, "the best companion in all the world, the one who should have written these letters". The accompanying diary by Grace thus forms the germ of a work that never was; a woman's writings remaining forgotten, while her husband's find ready publication.

Stock code: 21428

£575

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