[Np. nd, but ca. 1910]. 169pp. Mimeographed typescript printed on recto only. Quarto. Leather-backed cloth. Some wear at spine ends, else very good. Item #WRCAM25765
A journal recording a six-month tour round the world, beginning in London during the winter of 1909. Matthews includes descriptions of towns and sights in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Canada. He visited many cities in Japan, staying in the best tourist hotels in such places as Nagoya, Kyoto, Shinmaizura, Osaka, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, giving good descriptions of natural scenery, people, industry, factories, etc. In Tokyo Matthews visited an art museum: "Mr. Okura has spent an immense sum in acquiring the huge collection of Art treasures, and resides near the Museum." Matthews was particularly interested in heavy machinery and manufacturing, and while in Japan he made a point of meticulously recording the particulars of imported American and British machinery used in factories there. From Yokohama Matthews travelled by steamer to Victoria, and also visited Banff, Winnipeg, Toronto, Niagara, Montreal and Quebec.