Typescript with 16 mounted photographs with typed captions below. [x], 63 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Brick cloth titled in gilt. Minor rubbing to spine ends; some toning. Very good plus Item #314436
Narrative of the adventures of the Skipper, the Judge, the Deacon, and the Doctor on a three-day canoe trip up the Charles river from South Natick to Lake Populatic, “supposed to be the head of canoe navigability.” In earlier years the party had cruised the river from South street as far as Natick.
The party of four embarked at a boat house in South Natick and by paddle and portage soon left the town behind. The first night they camped in a pine wood. The second day they faced windy conditions and passed the Medfield Insane Ayslum, where they took on fresh water from a spring. Their maps were meager and out of date, and they first had to navigate “the mystic maze of the maddening Medfield Meadows” before entering the oxbows of the Charles, passing ruined factories and difficult portages on their way to the Lake, where they made camp for the second night. The return trip was swiftly accomplished on the final day.
A handsome little volume, with light-hearted prose and excellent photographic illustrations, often caption with witty remarks. “Dedicated to the girls who stayed at home” (on the first page of the text) — and as soon as the party returned to South Natick they called their wives and dashed for the train back to Boston.
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