Reference code(s): GB 0370 MS/1
Held at: Queen Mary, University of London
Title: MANUSCRIPTS: Anonymous Travel Journal for Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Malta
Date(s): January-April 1846
Level of description: Item
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): Not known
Scope and content/abstract:
Primarily comprises of botanical specimens in the form of pressed flowers and plants accompanied by manuscript descriptions giving the date and location at which the specimen was collected, with biblical, historical and personal context sometimes provided. References are made to 'quarantine quarters' in Malta, and going 'on shore with our guns' in Egypt, indicating that the author may have been working for the Royal Navy.
Locations visited by the author of the journal include: Egypt (January-March 1846), including a scrap of papyrus found in the 'catacombs of Sioul', a parrot feather and fabric from 'a child mummy', Luxor (13 February), Cairo (28 February 1846); Palestine and Israel (March), including Rafah (18 March), Gaza (19 March), Jerusalem (23-28 March, 30-31 March 1846), Bethlehem (28 March 1846); Bethany (31 March 1846); Jordan (1 April 1846); Bethel (2 April 1846); Ephraim (2 April 1846); Schechem (2 April 1846); Sychar (3 April 1846); Samaria (4 April 1846); Nazareth (4-6 April 1846); Mount Fabor (7 April 1846); Cana of Galilee (7 April 1846); Mount Carmel (8 April 1846); Caipha (9 April 1846); St Jean de Acre (9 April 1846); Tyre (10 April 1846); Sidon (11 April 1846); Beyrout [Beirut] (16 April 1846); Malta (27 April 1846).
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
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Bound volume of pages, with frequent blank pages between pages of text, with pressed plants and flowers taped to the pages throughout.
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Date(s) of descriptions: August 2017