Silk Manuscript Diary of Trip over the Simplon Pass Switzerland March 1899
An octavo diary of a day spent crossing the Simplon Pass in Switzerland in March of 1899. Illustrated with charming sketches within the text of the journey made by Diligence and horse drawn sled, piloted by a series of increasingly alarming Italian drivers.
Beginning at Montreux Territet, they spend the night at Breig [Brig - which they like very much] at the Trois Couronnes before setting off next morning. The description of the rather hairy ascent with the horses losing their footing constantly, then the sled trip and the final descent suggests that the party of four adults and a child were adventurous travellers. The party pass the workings at the Simplon Tunnel [begun only the year before] commenting that the workers ‘..method of working lacked that energy and interest one might have expected. They appeared to think that the work was best achieved by paying great interest to their neighbour’s concerns. Probably they were chiefly Italians.’
18 pages written recto only in a clear, legible hand. Card covers are covered with the finest silk with embroidery to the front. The silk wrapping is somewhat frayed but this is still an evocative little journal Manuscript size - 20cm x 13cm
Size: 20cm x 13cm