1881 Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe, by John MacGregor. Prize Binding. Canoeing (kayak like) adventure through Europe. Fold-out map.


A handsome prize binding decorates this classic European adventure work. The author, John MacGregor, was the inventor of a long-distance canoe he dubbed the "Rob Roy", in which he explored Europe and Africa. He is generally credited with popularizing canoeing as a sport. This book documents one adventorous trip of his, exploring a thousand miles of Europe using his canoe.

Also, the binding itself is a prize binding, of the Salisbury School, which became Chafyn School (alumni includes Richard Dawkins). Interestingly, until 1888 Salisbury School was a "Ragged School" (according to British-history.ac.uk), and wikipedia notes that MacGregor was "instrumental in launching the Ragged School movement's Shoeblack brigade".
Physical Attributes -

Measures 17.5 x 11.5 x 2 cm. Moroccan leather binding. five raised bands to spine, title in gilt on black Moroccan in one compartment; others have a central floret and are ruled in gilt. Boards are ruled in gilt, center medallion armorial of Salisbury School. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Pages - (1), frontis, viii, 255 (1). Illustrated, and one folding-map.

Condition -

See pictures. Some light shelf wear and rubbing at corners and top of spine. Some fade to fore-edge marbling. Spots on endpapers through title page. After that, the occurrence of a spot becomes infrequent and singular. Endpapers at rear also have spots, which ghosted on the last page of text (the colophon). Prize inscription on front blank endpaper. A handsome book, bright and nice.

Keywords - canoeing, kayaking

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