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MISS JEMIMA'S SWISS JOURNAL Jemima Morrell 1963 Hardcover DJ Fine
By Morrell, Jemima
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London, Putnam & Co Ltd, 1963. 114 pp, b/w photos, illustrations. Burgundy cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket is slightlychipped at top and bottom of spine, else Fine.

On 26 June 1863, sixty-four excited ladies and gentlemen left London on the very first tour of Switzerland arranged by Thomas Cook, the excursionist - marking the beginning of a tourist movement which now involves millions of people a year.

"Miss Jemima" was commissioned by the Junior United Alpine Club to write an account of their adventures commencing June 25 and ending July 17, 1863 to the Western Alps, Bernese Oberland and Paris. This she did, and the account was privately printed and circulated on her return.

Miss Jemima's journal of the tour with a map showing their route. Jemima's last name is now known, Jemima Morrell, as the journal was discovered among other old papers relating to Thomas Cook and Son Ltd. in a bombed London warehouse in 1947, but she is described as "The artist to the expedition."

A nice copy of a rare and fascinating journal.

Jemima Morrell

It was not only old Switzerland hands who joined the group; it also included a gifted writer. Thirty-one year old Jemima Morrell wrote an interesting report on the trip, which made a very entertaining read, and revealed its author to be a highly educated person with a good sense of humour and a talent for precise observation. The daughter of a vicar in central England, she was doubtless a typical representative of that class of Victorian society in Britain which in the mid 19th century started to be able to afford to travel and which seized on the opportunity: people who had (recently) become prosperous, like country squires, members of the liberal professions (professors, engineers, manufacturers, artists) and people engaged in trade (merchants, bankers) who traveled either because they were keen on culture or simply for pleasure.

A sharp eye looks at a foreign land
Jemima Morrell's account offers a detailed description of the journey from London via Paris and Geneva to Chamonix, Lucerne and Pontarlier. The writer gives a sparkling picture not only of the means of transport used on the different stages of the trip, but also of the hotels where the group stayed, plus the people providing them with their services and no insolent porter and no bad innkeeper was safe from her witty pen. Her account is a snapshot of the tourist infrastructure in the summer of 1863.

Jemima Morrell

Say hello to Jemima Morrell, a plucky woman from Yorkshire who had a spirit for true adventure. So much so that in 1863, at 31 years of age, she, along with three other lady friends, joined excursionist Thomas Cook on his FIRST guided tour of the Swiss Alps.

Fully corseted and swathed from head to toe in heavy garments, dark crinoline, lace-up boots and donning a parasol, she looked more ready for a walk in the park than a traipse across the rugged Swiss Alps; in this instance the Mer de Glace in Chamonix, France. She belonged to the Junior United Alpine Club, a determined gang, to be sure, as five fellow members joined her on the Alpine adventure, including her younger brother, William. Their itinerary was grueling awake at 4am every morning, went to bed late, and endured all weathers; all the while dressed in Victorian attire. Some days the women walked 17 miles plus.


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