First Edition of W. K. Vanderbilt's A Trip Through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France
A Trip Through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France.
Vanderbilt, W. K.$950.00
Item Number: 95181
New York: Privatley Printed, 1918.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s account of his travels throughout Europe and North Africa. Octavo, original blind-stamped publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, frontispiece map of the Tunis Tour, illustrated with engraved photographs, folding map. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
A member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family, William "Willie" Kissam Vanderbilt II was a skilled sailor and yachtsman. Already extremely wealthy from a trust fund and from his income as president of the New York Central Railroad Company, on his father's death in 1920, "Willie" inherited a multimillion-dollar fortune. In 1925, he traded his luxury yacht Eagle for ownership of Fisher Island, Florida, a place he used as a winter residence. The present volume recounts Vanderbilt's travels by motor car throughout various countries in Europe and North Africa with particular attention to the condition of roads and hotels with photographs taken by the author en route.