BROWN, William Towers. Notes of Travel. Extracts from Home Letters written during a Two Year's Tour Round the World, 1879-1881. [London], Printed for Private Circulation [by B. Clay, Sons, and Taylor], 1882.
8vo. Original green cloth lettered in gilt, ornamented in blind; pp. xiv, , 372; very light rubbing to cloth, a little offsetting from endpapers, otherwise a very clean and fresh copy of a great rarity.
Sole edition, presentation copy inscribed and initialled by the author, dated July, 1882. The author died age 28 at a sailing accident in the English Channel in 1887. These letters document a young traveller's complete world tour, embarking at Liverpool, crossing the Atlantic to Quebec, continuing his journey by rail to California and the Yosemite Valley, later visiting Chicago, Utah and the Mormons. The next leg of the world tour led him to Australia and New Zealand (the most extensive coverage), where he meandered around from November, 1879 to July the following year. From August to December Brown visits China and Japan. At the beginning of 1881 he travels to the Philippines and Southeast Asia, followed by journeying through India, before returning to Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Most of the few known copies where issued without the maps listed after p. xiv. The British Library is noting that their copy also lacks the maps; whereas the copy at the National Library of New Zealand includes the maps in a separate volume. COPAC locates copies in the BL (no maps, as stated above), in the London Library (no maps), and at Cambridge (no maps). We were not able to trace any copy via book auction records.