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Putney, Alfred, 1855 or 1856-

Diary of Alfred Putney during a tour of Egypt and Palestine.

Additional Title(s):

Tour in Holy Land

1878 March 24-April 19.
Physical Description:
1 v. (ca. 145 p.) : ill. ; 18 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process DS107.P8 T68 1878
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped dark green morocco, with gilt edges and marbled end papers.
Manuscript diary kept by Alfred Putney during a tour of Egypt and Palestine in 1878. The diary is in the form of letters written by Putney to his parents and friends, and is illustrated with photographs and a pen-and-ink sketch of the dining table on board ship. Putney departs from the Hotel Burgundy, Paris, March 24, 1878, traveling down to Marseille, where he sails on the steamship Arethuse to Naples, falling into conversation on board with Prince Leopold of Belgium who "journeyed with us to Naples--he is shortly going to Austria on a visit to the Crown Prince.” Putney described Leopold as “an extremely nice young fellow, and made himself particularly agreeable, my friend Turner and the Prince soon became chums, they used to promenade the deck together of an evening.”
Arriving in Alexandria, he next visits Cairo and the pyramids: “I succeeded in climbing to the top of the highest (470 feet) with the aid of three arabs, two were pulling and one gave me a push up behind; we then visited the chambers in the interior.” His party is joined by the British Consul, and moves on to Boulac, Badrashain, Sakara, Heliopolis, and Osmalia. Good Friday finds him sailing to Jaffa and Jerusalem, and touring the Holy Land. The letters conclude on his return to Alexandria prior to departing for Marseille and thence back home. The manuscript is illustrated with photographic portraits of the author, his family, people he meets, including Prince Leopold, as well as their guide at Jerusalem, and dragman at Cairo. There are additional topographical views from engravings, a printed map, and a souvenir card of dried flowers from Jerusalem.
Subject Terms:
Egypt -- Description and travel.
Palestine -- Description and travel.
Putney, Alfred, 1855 or 1856- -- Diaries.
Albumen prints.

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