The Zigzag Series sold in the millions and made the author Hezekiah Butterworth a "literary millionaire".

As the story goes Dana Estes of Estes and Lauriat approached Butterworth with a book written by Rodolphe Topffer -Voyages en Zig-Zag.

This book originally published in 1843 and its companion book Nouveaux Voyages en Zigzag published posthumously in 1853 chronicled the adventures of Topffer and his students in Europe. They were told in a humorous way with Topffer's illustrations which have been described as "witty and childlike".

Estes asked Butterworth if he could produce something along the same lines. Shortly thereafter, Hezekiah put together the plan. Master Lewis would take a group of Boys on a trip during a school vacation. Seventeen adventures later, Master Lewis and the group had seen most of the world. These stories were not as much travelogue as they were history, fairy tales, and folklore tales. As opposed to Topffer's illustrations, most of the Estes and Lauriat Zigzag pictures were from previously published books and their own files.

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Image for <b>Zigzag Journeys in the Antipodes  </b><br>[East Asia]; [Indonesia]; [Java]; [Thailand]

Zigzag Journeys in the Antipodes
[East Asia]; [Indonesia]; [Java]; [Thailand]

By: Butterworth, Hezekaih

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Boston:, Estes and Lauriat,: 1888.<br>

Seller ID: 008944

Binding: Hardcover. <br>


Image for <b>Zigzag Journeys in Classical Lands; or, Toby's Trip to Mount Parnassus  </b><br>[Southern Europe] [Greece]

Zigzag Journeys in Classical Lands; or, Toby's Trip to Mount Parnassus
[Southern Europe] [Greece]

By: Butterworth, Hezekiah

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Boston:, Estes and Lauriat,: 1881.

Seller ID: 008725

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: Very Good


Image for <b>Zigzag Journeys in the Occident or Vacation Rambles in Western Lands  </b>

Zigzag Journeys in the Occident or Vacation Rambles in Western Lands

By: Butterworth, Hezekiah

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Boston:, Estes and Lauriat,: 1883.<br>

Seller ID: 008800

Binding: Hardcover.<br>

Condition: Very Good


Image for <b>Zigzag Journeys in the White City with Visits to the Neighboring Metropolis  </b><br>[ World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago]

Zigzag Journeys in the White City with Visits to the Neighboring Metropolis
[ World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago]

By: Butterworth, Hezekiah

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Boston:, Estes and Lauriat,: 1894.

Seller ID: 008826

Binding: Hardcover: Binding style 2.


Image for <b>Zigzag Journeys in Europe. Vacation Rambles in Historic Lands  </b><br>[ Scotland, England, Belgium, Normandy, Paris]

Zigzag Journeys in Europe. Vacation Rambles in Historic Lands
[ Scotland, England, Belgium, Normandy, Paris]

By: Butterworth, Hezekiah

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Boston:, Estes and Lauriat,: 1880 [1879]

Seller ID: 008828

Binding: Hardcover. Binding style 3.

Condition: 8vo; viii, 311 p, [1] leaf of plates illus., ports. 22 cm.