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.
Two of the Traveller's drawers remain empty.