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Lot 53
MANUSCRIPTS - TRAVEL. Papers relating to Albania, Japan, Siam and Haiti
Sold for £875 (US$ 1,469) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Papers relating to Albania, Japan, Siam and Haiti, comprising two autograph letters by the traveller Edith Durham, to Captain H.S. Spencer, who had served as a secret service agent in Albania ("I'm thinking of trying Egypt - for the East is ever a-calling... Bulgaria is playing a rotten game. Yes – you are right. It is appalling how the good men are being killed"), 1915; long autograph letter written "at Chin-ang-tao" during the Russo-Japanese War by Lieutenant Ernest Gillbe of HMS Espiègle, 18 June 1904 ("...We passed Port Arthur at daylight on the 13th April, the morning the Petropavlovsk was lost, on our passage to Wei-hai-wei, and saw a part of the Japanese fleet engaging some of the Russian ships... The Japanese are now making their preparations for the assault on Port Arthur. It is said they will employ 40,000 men, and expect to lose 20,000, and to have the fortress in a fortnight's time. In action they claim to ever go forward, never to turn back. They are very formidable foes..."); the diaries of Leslie Arnold Mayo, an English mining engineer working in Siam between 1928 and 1929 ("...The journey took just under three hours & about half the way I rode owing to broken bridges & the amount of water on the road. The cart rocked & swayed over the rutty road & there was an unpleasant smell from the oxen. The driver – an Afgan – was certainly the most villainous looking man I have ever met, he was a large & tall man wearing only khaki shorts & a dirty white shirt with a coloured handkerchief at his throat & an automatic on his hip..."), in two volumes; and the papers of Commander Arthur Hildebrand Alington of HMS Boxer, relating to the conduct of the Royal Navy during the riots at Port au Prince prior to the overthrow of President Pierre Théoma Boisrond-Canal, 1879


  • Included in the lot is Spencer's copy of Edith Durham's classic account of her travels, High Albania (1909).
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