New York: The Baker & Taylor Compan, 1911. First Edition. 8vo. 415 pp. Index. Photographic plates, including frontispiece with tissue guard. Gilt, black, tan and green pictorial binding; map endpapers. Light wear to extremities; top edge gilt; a near fine copy. Item #20785
Lee Meriwether boards a steamer in Brooklyn for Italy in 1886 and begins a whirlwind tour of Europe, traveling through Germany, Turkey, Greece, Austria, England, Hungary, and more, all for just 50 cents a day. Meriwether is the original college-dropout whose adventures created a blueprint for generations of travelers from the hippies of the 1960s to today’s backpacking students. Among his many adventures, he describes escaping a jail sentence in Italy, climbing a volcano at midnight, and attending a “Free Ireland” rally in England. His keen observations and knack for traveling on the cheap make this is a hilarious memoir, a unique travel guide, and an irresistible look into the past.