Zigzag Journeys in Europe - Hezekiah Butterworth 1879 - Estes and Lauriat, Boston - First Edition This is a scarce copy of the true first edition of the first in the series, in it’s bright and wonderful lithographed illustrated boards. This copy includes a two page letter, signed, from the author.

An American teacher takes a class of boys on a vacation tour to England and France, and interests them in those places that illustrate the different periods of English and French history. It is his purpose to give them in this manner a picturesque view of present scenes and past events, and to leave on their minds an outline of history for careful reading to fill.

It is rare for this title to be found in such a bright and clean condition. A large volume with woodcut illustrations. Title page states 1880, but copyright is 1879 and the gift inscription also states December 1879.
  Hezekiah Butterworth [1839-1905] - As the story goes Dana Estes of Estes and Lauriat approached Butterworth with a book written by Rodolphe Topffer -Voyages en Zig-Zag. This book originally published in 1843 and its companion book Nouveaux Voyages en Zigzag published posthumously in 1853 chronicled the adventures of Topffer and his students in Europe. They were told in a humorous way with Topffer's illustrations which have been described as "witty and childlike". Estes asked Butterworth if he could produce something along the same lines. Shortly thereafter, Hezekiah put together the plan. Master Lewis would take a group of Boys on a trip during a school vacation. Seventeen adventures later, Master Lewis and the group had seen most of the world. These stories were not as much travelogue as they were history, fairy tales, and folklore tales. As opposed to Topffer's illustrations, most of the Estes and Lauriat Zigzag pictures were from previously published books and their own files.

The Zigzag books were tremendously successful. Between 1879 and 1895 seventeen of these books sold hundreds of thousands of copies, making Butterworth a literary millionaire.

Reference: Peter Parley to Penrod, p. 50
Large 8vo. pp. viii, 311. original pictorial boards.
  Condition: A very good copy, slight lean to spine, light edge wear; remnants of newspaper clipping pasted to rear of letter;   Ref: 102810   Price: HK$ 2,800