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Annotated on flyleaf: "George Fitz-Roy, natural son of Charles II, was Earl of Northumberland in 1674, and Duke in 1682. He died in 1716 without issue."
Binding guard remnant reads, "Bononiae, Typis Iacobi Montij. 1678. Superiorum permissu." Printed, decorated border.
Spine title: "Lord Northumberland Voyage in to Italy."
Bookplates: Thomas Bell; John Newington Hughes; Thomas Ashby.
Phillipps MS 22145; Neumeyer purchase, 1913.
Binding: Nineteenth century parchment. Marbled endpapers.
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Manuscript on paper containing the narrative of a member of Lord Northumberland's retinue, possibly his chaplain (Wickail?). The author describes "the Churches, the Villas and Gardens, the Pallaces and Antiquitys" he saw on the journey, with particular attention to Turin, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Naples, and Rome. He copies many funerary inscriptions and records his impressions of libraries, including the Ambrosian and the Vatican, where he was shown the letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn but complained that "the books are all shut up...and they have no catalogue to help you."
In Rome, the author attends Holy Week services, visits the catacombs and and records accounts of miracles. In Naples he explores the Pausilippo and Mount Vesuvius, described as "standing like a sugar loaf in a kettle" of its surrounding ashes. Separated from Northumberland's retinue in Padua to look after an ill friend, the author concludes the journal in Avignon.
1 v. (68 p., leaves written on one side only; many blanks) ; 26 x 18 cm.
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