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Venezuelan vistas : Spanish American life, and some notes on a year in Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, 1890
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Scrapbook containing the travel account by Ervine Denison York, General Manager and Assistant Vice-President of the American Telephone Company, of his travels from Washington, D.C. to Caracas, Venezuela via Cuba, between April 24,1889 and Mar. 30, 1890, illustrated with 103 photographs (some cyanotypes), most of which were taken by York himself, printed maps and illustrations, calling cards, bank notes, postage stamps, menus, business correspondence and other memorabilia of his travels.
Background
While serving as clerk to U.S. Supreme Court justice Samuel Freeman Miller, E.D. York is appointed Local Manager of the Caracas office of The American Telephone Company on April 8, 1889, and sets sail from New York City for Caracas on April 12, 1889 aboard the steamer "Philadelphia" of the Red D Line (operated by the Atlantic and Caribbean Steam Navigation Company, successor to Dallett, Boulton and Bliss & Co.) York includes many pages of text on Venezuela and Cuba from published travel accounts, as well as maps tracing his travel route, shipboard menus, and original photographs of the steamship, and sites along the way, such as the harbor at Curaçao, harbor and city scenes of Puerto Cabello and the lighthouse and customs house and wharf at La Guaira.
Extent
1 v. (ca. [266] leaves ) : ill., maps, ports. ; 28 cm.

Text in blue carbon typescript; interleaved with leaves of white paper containing mounted photographs, excerpts of text and illustration from published works, printed maps, business and diplomatic documents, including U.S. State Department request for safe passage for York, dated June 16, 1887, business correspondence on American Telephone Company letterhead, printed calling cards, samples of currency (Cuban bills of 5 and 10 centavos), postage stamps, hotel and steamship menus, timetables, advertising circulars for commercial establishments in Caracas and Havana, and other memorabilia.

Modern dark brown leather binding by Berger of Rio de Janeiro; ornamental gold-stamped border on upper and lower covers; gold-stamped spine title "Ervine Denison York. Venezuelan vistas. 1890;" gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers. Housed in modern beige cloth clamshell box.
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