With Mr. Butterfield on the Continent. Letters descriptive of a tour through France, Italy, and Switzerland. Together with new poems.
Presentation copy of this rare account of a trip taken to Europe by the Keighley poet and sometime investigative journalist, accompanying the millionaire textile manufacturer Henry Isaac Butterfield. Craven, who had evidently been paid to join Butterfield’s expedition, provides an entertaining and lively travelogue, travelling from London to Paris, on to Nice and then to Milan, Lake Como and Lucerne. Along the way he attends Victor Hugo’s funeral ‘the grandest spectacle this generation had seen’ (p. 28) giving an eye witness account of events, marvels at the sights of Milan, particularly the Palazzo Brera ‘a combination of the British Museum, the National Gallery, and South Kensington rolled in to one’ (p. 44) and took a boat trip on Lake Como, commenting that ‘the passengers contained amongst them a great proportion of Americans, Lake Como being a favourite resort of persons of that nationality (p. 46). The work concludes with nine original poems, one titled ^gCliffe Hall^g, Butterfield’s grand house and from where the present volume was inscribed. Craven who had himself learned the printing trade, had his father Elijah run off a small number of copies from his press for Butterfield. In 1885 Craven would have been about 30 when he took his trip with Butterfield, but appears to have been of delicate health as he died a little over a decade later in 1896. ‘In 1874 the wealthy textile magnate Henry Isaac Butterfield inherited Cliffe Hall. During the next ten years he transformed the modest Elizabethan-style villa into a ‘modernised Tudor castle’. In 1883 the interior was described as of an ‘efficiency and splendour no residence could surpass’. The furnishings were sumptuous and cosmopolitan. Business interests had led the family to acquire homes in Paris, New York and Nice, as well as Keighley. Henry Isaac Butterfield was wealthy and stylish, popular in the French court of the Emperor Napoleon III. In 1854, he had married Mary Roosevelt Burke, an American who served as lady-in-waiting to the Empress Eugénie. Butterfield’s French decorator, Monsieur Gremond, used furnishings from Italy, Russia and China, as well as pieces from France’ (https://www.vam.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/178600/Cliffe_Castle_long_loan_story.pdf). The letters had first appeared in the 'Keighley Herald'.
Not in OCLC.
Author CRAVEN, Carey Williams.
Binding in the original publisher’s cloth with printed paper label on upper board, recased.
Publisher Keighley: E. Craven, Printer, etc., Caxton Buildings, North Street.
Condition 8vo, pp. 70; inscribed on front free endpaper ‘With Mr. Butterfield’s affectionate regards. To Mrs. Wood and family. Cliffe Castle. Sept 11/85’;