Our Autumn Holiday on French Rivers - James L. Molloy, Linley Sambourne (illustrator) 1874 - Bradbury, London - First Edition Three Men in a Boat holds nothing on this stunningly illustrated account of a six-week rowing holiday on the Seine and Loire in the 40 foot four-oared Marie, by a group of young men dressed appropriately and accompanied by their terrier Gyp.

Of those oarsmen, the author, James Molloy, an accomplished French scholar, who despite being called to the English bar from the Middle Temple, acting as secretary to Sir John Holker, attorney-general, and being private chamberlain to Pope Leo XIII, grew to be one of the most successful Irish song composers of his time. Whilst the illustrator, Edward Linley Sambourne, whose descendants include his great grandson the Earl of Snowdon, Viscount Linley and Oliver Messel, became famous for his work for Punch magazine over 40 years, the last ten as ‘First Cartoonist’, following on from John Tenniel, the illustrator of
Alice in Wonderland.

A bright, rare, most unusual and brilliantly written book, with excellent illustrations by Linley Sambourne. Molloy’s work was to serve as a model for Robert Louis Stevenson’s
An Inland Voyage published four years later.
  First edition, and not to be confused with the smaller undated edition.

‘Molloy ‘wrote, among others, a delightful account of a roving trip in France entitled
Our Autumn Holiday on French Rivers, which ran into several editions and is still a reference book to the Seine and the Loire. He was an accomplished French scholar, and a “bon camarade”, in every sense of the term, and many of his old friends will mourn his loss’. - The Times.

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was an English cartoonist and illustrator, photographer and costume designer, most famous for his work for Punch magazine over 40 years, the last ten of which was ‘First Cartoonist’, following on from John Tenniel. Sambourne’s descendants include his great grandson the Earl of Snowdon, Viscount Linley and Oliver Messel.

The talents of James Lynam Molloy [1837-1909] took him from Dublin to London University, and despite being called to the English bar from the Middle Temple, acting as secretary to Sir John Holker, attorney-general, and being private chamberlain to Pope Leo XIII, he grew to be one of the most successful Irish song composers of his time. Molloy’s ‘talents were not confined to music was demonstrated by the publication of
Our Autumn Holiday on French Rivers - a title more suggestive of a schoolboy’s essay than the engagingly written work it turned out to be. It described the trip of four oarsmen and their terrier Gyp on the Seine and the Loire rivers.’ [Desmond Moore - Love's Old Sweet Song]

Reference: Toy,
Adventures Afloat 1258.
(24 x 17.5 cm) pp. xviii 390 [1]. [The smaller edition referred to had 284 pages and sized 20 x 14 cm.
  Condition: Very good plus, externally bright gilt, minor rubbing to edges, lightly foxed, 2cm water mark to top corner of a number of pages, not affecting text, over-opened in places.   Ref: 107006   Price: HK$ 3,500