Louisville, KY: Jobson Printing & Mfg. Co., ca. 1909. 1st. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to a member of the tour group. 8vo.  pp. Handcolored illuminated title page. Red decorative borders & ruling to each page; red & black initials. 22 tipped-in duotone photo-illustrations depicting scenery, people, various monuments, etc. taken during the tour. Green cloth with gilt & green title label affixed to front board. Some ink notations in author's hand. It is not known how many copies of this title were printed by the author, most likely the number is small. No copies at auction in the past 30 years; no copies listed in OCLC/WorldCat, scarce thus. Wear to covers; hinges cracked but holding; a good copy. Item #16591
A unique printed journal of an 7 week European tour beginning in Cincinnati during the summer of 1908. The group included 4 young women and the author. Jobson presents a detailed picture of their time crossing the ocean on the SS Merion, entertaining themselves with playing games such as cards, checkers and shuffleboard, watching porpoises and flying fish, engaging in conversations with fellow passengers and generally relishing in "the entire freedom from the thousand and one small worries of a business life. Here there isn't a single thing that you just have to do, and yet there is just enough interest to make the time between meals pass quickly." The remainder of their trip is spent touring various countries and visiting monuments and museums. The author shares many stories & detailed observations about touring with multiple friends in the opening days of the 20th century.