Gentleman that he is, and generous of heart, the Traveller has suggested a giveaway, and you are invited!
As you already know, two of the Traveller's drawers remain empty. There is a third, smaller drawer, at the very bottom of the cabinet. It is 21" deep and 12" wide, and is divided into two sections. Starting with the highest empty drawer, and working our way down, we will call these Drawer #1, Drawer #2, and Drawer #3.
There is something hidden in each one. Something worn and wonderful. Something chosen with you in mind.
The Traveller is making himself comfortable. His generous arms hold many wonderful things with great care.
He has 11 drawers that measure 21" x 28" on the inside and hold the following:
antique ledgers and ledger pages
18th and 19th century handwritten French papers
handwritten French invoices, drafts and business papers
mixed vintage French ephemera (newspapers, calendars, serial magazines, blotters)
vintage music books and antique handwritten music (French and German)
folio books of early engravings and illustrations
vintage maps and guide books
vintage marine charts
At some point the Traveller's drawers were double faced so there are now half as many that are twice as deep. A long-forgotten custodian was careful to preserve his maps, which line both sides of the drawer bases. Most are from the Rand McNally New Commercial Atlas, dating from 1904.
They are faded and stained and pockmarked with pin holes along the rail lines. Utterly delicious.