Rollo’s Tour in Europe: Rollo In Switzerland by Jacob Abbott

Rollo’s Tour in Europe: Rollo In Switzerland by Jacob Abbott

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Rollo’s Tour in Europe: Rollo In Switzerland is the third novel in a series of 10 travel adventures designed to entertain and instruct. The main character, Rollo, is a twelve-year old boy who accompanies his family on an extended holiday to Switzerland. Other titles in the series appear to follow the “Grand Tour” theme for upper class young men’s travel in the 17th and 18th Centuries and include excursions to Paris, Holland, and Rome. This 221 page volume contains black and white engravings of detailed Swiss scenery and sights. The inside cover page features a handwritten inscription indicating that the book was a prize awarded in 1864 to a student at Great Falls High School (likely in Massachusetts) for excellence in Latin grammar.
Jacob Abbott (1803-1879) was a prominent educator, author, and advocate of equal education for women. He graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine in 1829 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1824. He was a professor of mathematics and philosophy at Amherst College. In 1830, Abbott founded the Mount Vernon School for young women in Boston, with the aim of giving women an education equal to that of men. In 1834, he became pastor of the Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and began to write books for young people. He wrote over 200 volumes, some of which were republished in Western Europe. Among his popular works were The Young Christian Series and the Rollo Books.
The Boston publishing house of Frederick A. Brown and B.W. Taggard was succeeded by the firm of Brown, Taggard, and Chase in 1860. In 1863, the name was changed to Taggard and Thompson.
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instructional materials
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United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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overall: 7 in x 4 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm x 1.905 cm
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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