The New Hygeia. Block Island Rhode Island.
The New Hygeia. Block Island Rhode Island.
The New Hygeia. Block Island Rhode Island.
The New Hygeia. Block Island Rhode Island.

The New Hygeia. Block Island Rhode Island.

Palmer, Mass.: C.B. Fiske & Co., printers, [ca. 1890]. 24mo (5.25” x 8”), printed covers, red tie at spine. [24] pp., plus covers. Illus. Faded stamp on front-wrapper, “For rates etc. address A. E. Holcomb, 30 Ashley St. Hartford, Conn.”.

A scarce pamphlet promoting Block Island as a summer resort destination.

Block Island, Rhode Island—located just fifteen miles south of mainland Rhode Island—was dubbed during its heyday “the Bermuda of the North.” “There has ever been a peculiar charm about the islands of the sea,” so begins the text which covers Block Island’s bathing beach, climate, fishing, amusements, recreations, and includes a section entitled “Why I Summer at the Hygeia.” Photographic reproductions show the island, its beaches, harbor, and lighthouse. The new Hygeia hotel on the island is extensively detailed; images show the hotel, its grounds, and relation to the harbor, as well as the hotel’s veranda, dining room, and music room. Also provided are a floor-plan of the hotel, a plan of the island’s golf course, and a map of Block Island itself. The hotel’s orchestra gave concerts every day. Listed are dozens of “references” (former guests of the hotel), and information is given on routes and transportation to the island and cottages for rent.

OCLC records just one copy, held by the Island Free Library.

CONDITION: Very good, light toning to covers; contents very good.

Item #6684

Price: $225.00

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