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Kilmorey, Francis Jack Needham, Earl of, 1787-1880.

Travelling memorandum book, 1827.

Additional Title(s):

Traveling memorandum book

Physical Description:
1 v. (30 leaves) ; 20 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process D919.K5 T73 1827
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
Bound in contemporary red half morocco and marbled boards.
With the later bookplates of Francis Charles Fourth Earl of Kilmorey, and Eleanor Needham (the Kilmorey family name).
Manuscript memorandum book kept by an unidentified traveler on a Grand Tour of the continent in 1827, arranged in 24 "tours" covering the route from Calais to Paris, Geneva and Turin. The diary comprises a title leaf, an index of the itinerary, 50 pages of notes, and a four-page list (at end) of tradespersons. Later bookplates in the volume suggest that it was written by a member of the family of the Earl of Kilmorey. The author may be Francis Jack Needham, Viscount Newry and Morne, 2nd Earl of Kilmorey (1787-1880), who travelled extensively on the continent.
Distances and postes are listed, with remarks on the inns, e.g. "there is only one good inn at Roen; I forget the name but it is newly built and in a Square or Place." The advice is mostly practical: "avoid the Hotel de Bourbon where the postillions will take you if you do not present it." Tradesmen are listed: a jeweler and a watchmaker in Geneva, sellers of gloves and silks in Lyon, and more than two dozen in Paris. It is clearly not intended for publication but as personal advise to his friends or family, and to be consulted en route on their tours.
Tipped in at front is a contemporary note to "Lady G: I forgot to note down in my book the following restauranteurs--where ladies make parties to dine, and where it is quite the fashion for them to go."
Subject Terms:
France -- Description and travel.
Grand tours (Education)
Italy -- Description and travel.
Kilmorey, Francis Jack Needham, Earl of, 1787-1880 -- Diaries.
Switzerland -- Description and travel.
Travel literature -- Europe.

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