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Tour made through France, Italy and Dalmatia by W. Monson in 1817

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Tour made through France, Italy and Dalmatia by W. Monson in 1817
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Tour made through France, Italy and Dalmatia by W. Monson in 1817
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Language
eng
Summary
Summary: Monson's journal, dated March 17-Sept. 4, 1817, documenting his "Grand Tour" through France, Italy, and down the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
Cataloging source
CLU
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
The journal is organized by travel segments rather day-by-day dates, beginning with Calais to Paris; Paris to Lyons; and Lyons to Mont-Cenis by way of Grenoble. Monson provides detailed descriptions of the landscapes he travels through, and makes astute observations on the art and architecture he sees in each city. Through the journal, he sprinkles his descriptions with pertinent quotes from classical authors like Sophocles, Horace, and Lucan, as well as some of his favorite English writers, Oliver Goldsmith, Childe Harold, and John Milton. In Paris, he devotes an entire chapter to "The Theatres," mentioning the Opera, Academie de Musique, Theâtre Francoise, home to classic dramatic productions of playwrights such as Corneille and Racine; and the Opera Comique, and compares French and English theaters and productions. Other chapters written in Paris include one on "Public Buildings," and another on "National Traits," in which he discusses French politeness, polish, and attitudes towards women. Monson leaves Paris on May 22, heading to Lyons with stops in Fontainbleau, Sens, and Avallon, and from Lyons, heads east to Mont Ceris by way of Grenoble. By June 17, the travelers are in Pisa, which coincides with the feast day celebration of St. Regnier (Rainerius), the patron saint of the city. Other cities visited en route to Venice include Leghorn (Livorno), Florence, Vallombrosa, and Bologna. In Venice, Monson visits the Armenian press, housed in the monastery of the Mekhitar Fathers on the island of San Lazzaro. Their guide points out the room in which Lord Byron stayed during his visit the previous year, in November 1816. From Trieste, the travelers head down the Dalmatian coast of what is today Croatia, through Pula, Zadar and Sebenico (Ŝibenik) to Spala (Split) where they enjoy the mineral waters and thermal baths. Monson includes the analysis made by Professor Charles Bignami of the mineral composition of the water there. On July 20, the travelers begin their return to Venice by boat. Monson ruminates on the slow progress of the trip due to the poor winds, the desolation of the coastline, the large numbers of vermin and flies, and the stories of Morlaque pirates. Their boat reaches the port of Venice on August 3, but there Monson and his party are quarantined by the health authorities on the island of Santa Maria di Nazareth, at the Lazzaretto, a quarantine station for maritime travelers who might carry the plague. The travelers are confined to the Lazzaretto for two weeks, and finally depart on August 29, beginning the final leg of the tour, overland from Venice to Milan via Vicenza, Verona, and Brescia. Monson devotes a considerable part of this final section to the architecture of Palladio and Scamozzi in Vicenza. The journal ends with his arrival in Milan on Sept. 4, 1817
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Tour made through France, Italy and Dalmatia by W. Monson in 1817
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Note
  • Foliation includes 18 blank leaves in the middle, and 3 blank leaves at end
  • Written in Monson's hand throughout, on leaves of lightly-ruled white paper
  • Binding:19th-century green vellum boards; manuscript spine title "Mss Tour in France, Italy & Dalmatia;" pink, red, black, and blue marbled endpapers; marbled edges
  • See also Monson's "Journal of a tour in the Tyrol, Salzkammergut...." from 1837 (Bound MS 170/ 007 in the Bound Manuscripts Collection, UCLA Library Special Collections)
  • Monson's travel accounts of his tour of Istria and Dalmatia in 1817, and a second tour of Sicily, Malta, and Calabria in 1819 were later published under the title Extracts from a journal. London: Rodwell and Martin, 1820
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 x 16 cm (4to)
Extent
1 item (135 leaves)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
paper
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1041192959
  • ucoclc1041192959
Label
Tour made through France, Italy and Dalmatia by W. Monson in 1817
Note
  • Foliation includes 18 blank leaves in the middle, and 3 blank leaves at end
  • Written in Monson's hand throughout, on leaves of lightly-ruled white paper
  • Binding:19th-century green vellum boards; manuscript spine title "Mss Tour in France, Italy & Dalmatia;" pink, red, black, and blue marbled endpapers; marbled edges
  • See also Monson's "Journal of a tour in the Tyrol, Salzkammergut...." from 1837 (Bound MS 170/ 007 in the Bound Manuscripts Collection, UCLA Library Special Collections)
  • Monson's travel accounts of his tour of Istria and Dalmatia in 1817, and a second tour of Sicily, Malta, and Calabria in 1819 were later published under the title Extracts from a journal. London: Rodwell and Martin, 1820
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 x 16 cm (4to)
Extent
1 item (135 leaves)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
paper
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1041192959
  • ucoclc1041192959

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