WEBB, LOUISA AUGUSTA. Manuscript on paper, 930 numbered pp recto and verso (a few blank), entitled "Letters from Abroad," folio (320 x 200 mm), across Europe, 1862-1868, illustrated with decorative title and 16 ink sketches each mounted on stiff card, period stamped calf over beveled boards, gilt lettered spine label, flyleaf near detached, lightly rubbed.
This manuscript appears to be a fair copy of a series of letters home, and Miss Webb writes to her aunts in England with all the enthusiasm of a young lady on a grand continental tour. The first tour begins at Boulogne and continues to Paris, Dijon, Avignon, Toulon, Cannes, Genoa, Florence, Pisa, La Spezzia, Milan, Lugano, Maggiore, Simplon, Basel, Geneva, Bern, Strassburg, and back to Paris.
In 1866, Miss Webb found herself in Dresden two days after the start of the Austro-Prussian War (also known as the Seven Weeks' War) that eventually led to the unification of Germany: "Dresden wears a strange aspect today, and a desolate look reigns over the city." Soon, a state of siege was declared and Miss Webb gives a day-by-day account of events. Troops move into the city, and her father obtains a Union Jack in the hope it will protect his family in the event of a fight in the city. Finally the Webbs take a train to Leipzig, and continue their vacation.