[travel Diary And Research Notes With Numerous Insertions].

DOUGLAS, JOHN, FSA SCOT.

Date

c.1924 - c.1932

Synopsis

[contents:] round the world. a tour made by mr and mrs john douglas september 5. 1924 to march 27. 1925. diary of mr. john douglas. commonplace book. j. d. including manuscript entries, 1927-28 and insertions, 1924-32. [scottish commonplace book]. original manuscript title on front board: notes, tour round the world, but reused as loose leaf. notes, [vols.] 1-18. [vol. 3, is additionally titled london], vols. 20-20 [no. vol. labelled 19].

Item Description

TWENTY THREE VOLUMES. MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND NOTES WITH INSERTIONS. 4to. Round the World, 9 x 11 inches. [14] + 428 p.; Commonplace Book, 8.5 x 10.5 inches. [54], including 45 blank index pages + 378 + [2] p; [Scottish Commonplace Book], 10 x 11.25 inches. [26] leaves. Index of Notes, with 28 blank leaves + 203 + [134] p.; Notes, 9.75 x 11.5 inches. Vols. 1-18, 20-21, 20 vols. average of 5183 numbered pages = 259. Round the World, lined blank leaved commonplace book bound in black morocco; spine with contrasting red morocco title label, gilt. Marbled endpapers; Commonplace Book, lined blank pre-numbered leaves with index, bound in half morocco, over cloth boards; spine in compartments with gilt bands with contrasting maroon morocco title label, gilt. Marbled endpapers and edges. Stationer's label of George Brown, 11 and 12 North Bank Street, Edinburgh; [Scottish Commonplace Book], Loose leaf binder with blank lined leaves and manuscript title with added label. Additional pages used as index loosely inserted at front; Notes, Vols. 1-18, bound in navy cloth, gilt. Blank lined leaves; Vols. 20-21 are unbound loose leaf. A little wear to extremities and some damp staining on bindings of Notes vols.; otherwise all in very good condition. John Douglas, FSA Scot (-c.1936) may be described as a professional Scot in London (he lived in Barnes Common). He was President of the Caledonian Society of London and of the Burns Federation, the founder editor of the Scottish Year Book in 1905, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1911. His connection with Douglas Wharf, Putney, suggests that he may have been involved in the shipping business. His diary recounts his round the world voyage with his wife in 1924-25. He travelled outwards from Liverpool on the SS Mahona of the Shaw, Savill and Albion Line and returned on the SS Mooltan to Plymouth. The main purpose of his voyage appears to have been to make contact with the Caledonian societies of New Zealand and Australia, who hospitably welcomed this 'Distinguished Scot,' who lectured to them on Scottish subjects. On his return the 'Uncrowned King of Scots in London' attended a Welcome Home dinner before embarking on a further lecture tour back home. The travel diary includes real photographs of the voyage, postcards, press cuttings and extracts from books, programmes, menus and tourist brochures and maps. The major part of this collection consists of twenty volumes labelled Notes, to which may be added the similar contents of the two commonplace books. They consist of manuscript entries by Douglas copiously supplemented by a large number of insertions, dating from before 1910 to the early thirties. It is likely, however, that Douglas did not start to assemble these volumes until around 1925. The contents include press cuttings, typescripts, correspondence (mainly related to the Caledonian societies he visited overseas), postcards, real photographs, extracts from books and offprints from periodicals (including by Douglas himself). Notable folding maps include three reprints of early modern London and a large map of Tasmania. The principal theme of this collection is certainly all aspects of Scottish history, life, literature and culture, but Douglas had eclectic and wide-ranging interests, assembling material on natural history and antiquities in general. Vol. 3 is largely devoted to the subject of his adopted city, London (with a long illustrated account of the opening of Lloyds New Building in 1928) and Vol. 15 to Australia, a country that, like New Zealand, obviously impressed him; an assemblage on Tasmanian Forestry and numerous articles from The Scottish Australian are also inserted in other volumes. There are some notable real photographs, including aerial views of Sydney Harbour Bridge at various stages of construction. Vol. 16 also covers Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere are sections on Canada, Ceylon, the Panama Canal Zone, Pitcairn Island and Kenya (generally illustrated with real photographs sent to him). From London he made excursions to sites such as Stonehenge and coastal towns like Seaford. Vol. 8 has a twenty page manuscript of A Holiday in Switzerland, 1913. The numerous material on Scotland includes the subjects of Edinburgh, the Ben Nevis Hotel, clan histories, battles, castles, famous Scots, literature, folk song and ballads. Vols. 13 and 14 cover the the Scottish Vernacular Movement, which greatly interested Douglas. A set of short articles, entitled A Scottish Encyclopedia, 1-500 has been extracted from the Daily Record and Mail, from 1931. Several real photographs of him appear in Vol. 21.

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