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Item Number:  01817556

 

 

1883 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF A GRAND MEDITERRANEAN TOUR: ITALY, THE LEVANT, GREECE, TURKEY AND EGYPT

 

Price: US$ 8,455.99

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Seller Name: M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts
Member since 4/2010
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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing Date: 5/13/2010
   
     
 

 

 

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Title: 1883 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF A GRAND MEDITERRANEAN TOUR: ITALY, THE LEVANT, GREECE, TURKEY AND EGYPT Publisher:
Author: B.B. LE TALL Publication Date: 1883
Binding/Format: Edition:
Condition: Good    
Inventory #: 0001221    
       

 

On offer are a superb pair of original manuscript travel diaries handwritten as stated by: "B.B. Le Tall - Day-Book of my tour in Italy & The Levant. Vol I - Italy. Paris. Athens. Egypt 8.I-9.III 1883" and "Day-Book of my tour in Italy & The Levant. Vol IV Constantinople and Homewards 29.iv - 1883." Mr. Le Tall provides a unique diary experience given his keen eye and obvious love for details. Other journals provide that Mr. Le Tall is a railway engineer and surveyor and highly educated and travel wise. Over 300 pages in the first book [18 x 12 cm] and 70 pages in the second [19 x 11 cm] give the reader an extraordinary account of his travels for the year including a very detailed expense report. An English gentleman, Le Tall starts from his home in Yorkshire then to Rouen, Paris, Basle, Milano, Venezia, Pisa, Ravenna, Firenze, Roma, Napoli, Athens, Aohnai, Piraeus, Constantinople, Alexandria and Cairo and many more. Collectors and historians will be hard pressed to find more detailed diaries as Le Tall incredibly provides historical perspective and his keen observations as an engineer on the affect and wonderment and concerns of many of the things he observes - a water delivery system in Naples, the biblioteca of the Abbey in Ravenna, difficulties in Athens being understood, [he mentions how a few words in Italian is better than many sentences of French], plants and herbs on Italian mountainsides [research suggests Le Tall was a botanist too], Schliemann's Museum +++. He even has subheadings: State of the Streets, Figs, Market Gate etc., as he highlights areas of interest. Rarely have we seen so comprehensive a travel diary but he writes as he is - a cultured, learned engineer and surveyor! Ephemera such a tickets, passes, news clippings are littered throughout the books adding further depth to this super narrative. Both diaries have some physical trauma but overall G.

 

 


 

 

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