Journal in Germany, Switzerland & Italy.
|Creator:||Gell, William, Sir, 1777-1836|
1814 Aug 9 - 1815 May 31
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At beginning of volume: itinerary of cities visited and distance in miles.
At end of volume: list of notable Italians; and a list of English travelers at Naples in the winter of 1814-15.
Pasted inside front cover: bookplate of Robert Edward Way.
Binding: half calf over marbled boards. In gilt on cover: Journal in Germany. Switzerland. & Italy.
Imperfect: pagination in volume after p. 125 excludes blank pages.
Sir William Gell (1777-1836) was a classical archaeologist and topographer. From 1804 to 1806 he traveled in Greece and the neighboring islands. In 1807, he was elected a member of the Society of Dilettanti and a fellow of the Royal Society. In 1811 the Society of Dilettanti commissioned him to explore Greece and Asia Minor, resulting in several publications on topography, including Geography and Antiquities of Ithaca and Itinerary of Greece. He was knighted in 1814, and died at Naples in 1836.
Manuscript, in a single hand, of a travel diary of the author's tour of Germany, Switzerland and Italy while first chamberlain for Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, queen consort of George IV. Sailing from Worthing in Sussex in attendance on her, Gell describes the topography of the countries he visits and illustrates it with maps and pen sketches, including mountain ranges in Geneva; an outline of the mountains of the Vosges and the different rock formations there; and a sketch of the Rhone. He discusses the effects on the countryside of the campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte; describes Mont Blanc and the attempts to reach its summit; mentions the people he meets, in particular members of the Italian nobility as well as scientists and mathematicians; and visits museums and works of art. He also includes observations on rocks, mines, minerals, fossils, an insane asylum, a school for deaf mutes, and an epidemic of pellagra.
1 v. (129 leaves) ; 23 x 19 cm.
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