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A BUCKEYE ABROAD;
Wanderings in Europe, and in the Orient.
SAMUEL S. COX.
"The Utopians imagine that HE, as all inventors of curious engines, has exposed to our
MOORE, ANDERSON & COMPANY,
28 WEST FOURTH STREET.
ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS. 1909
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1852,
BY GEORGE P. PUTNAM,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New-York.
A Book of travels is no longer a book of marvels.
Constantinople, Geneva, and amid the Alps; and observations along the Mediterranean, amidst the isles of Greece.
The pleasure of travelling was enhanced by companionship. We numbered four in our company, two ladies and a gentleman, Mr. Philo Buckingham, and myself—just the number for convenience and unity of movement, as well as for pleasure. The time, too, was propitious. The year 1851 may be truly called annus mirabilis, at least so far as travellers were concerned. The Great Exhibition—that novel phaze of our civilization was enough to entitle the year to the honor, as a special wonder.
Each observer is a type of a large class of observers, mankind generally; and it is not to be accounted egotistical that the writer perpetually speaks of himself. Of necessity he must use his own senses and reason; but through these, others, especially if educated and governed by similar influences, may perceive and reflect, by virtue of the common vinculum, which binds mankind together. The impressions herein recorded were mostly taken upon the spot, and the allusions, historical, classical, or otherwise, were not sought for, but sprung out of the time and locality. Each lineament of each form in Nature or Art, each custom and characteristic were daguerreotyped, though somewhat rapidly, if not imperfectly, from the original, as it appeared in itself and in its environment. Well knowing the inferior rank in literature to which a work of this kind is entitled, I reluctantly commit it to the public, trusting that it may be read as it was written, more for enjoyment than profit.
ZANESVILLE, OHIO, Jan. 1, 1852.
S. S. C.