Two Months in Italy travel journal
Travel journal from Mrs. E. A. Bean throughout Italy, including Florence, Pisa, Rome, Bologna, and Lucca, among other locations. Describes Mrs. Bean's observations of religious devotion, such as woman attending Mass with rosaries, and remarks on various cultural heritage sites with Marian artwork and statues.
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This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Marian Library reading room. The materials are non-circulating.
The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission frrm the copyright owner or their heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.
The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission form the copyright owner or their for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.
Biographical / Historical Note
Not much is known about the author, Mrs. E.A. Bean, aside from what may be ascertained from within the journal itself. It is unclear whether her initials are "E.A" Bean or whether those are the initials of a husband, given that she is referred to as "Mrs."
0.25 Linear Feet (1 bound scrapbook)
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Purchased in April 2019 from Jonathan Kearns Rare Books.
From the seller's listing: " Massively bound in rather sepulchral full black morocco gilt, at some point there has been a professional respining retaining the old labels. Titled in gilt to spine and front board. Minor edgewear, scuffing and bumping, but solid as a tombstone. Edges gilded over red (which I believe is technically referred to as “art gilt”, which doesn’t sound terribly fun). Internally clean and, frankly, magnificent. Victorian lady travellers popping off to Italy to see the art, scenery and architecture did not, apparently, mess about. Each page is hand bordered in red ink, a clean, legible hand in black ink throughout with a positive blizzard of inserted engravings, plates, photographs, and several pieces of original watercolour art. Visually striking, authoritatively written with verve and detail and quite simply an outstanding piece of travel narrative: “...closer to us were deep gorges clothed with fine old oak woods and glowing with an undergrowth of golden Broom and furze, blackberries, honeysuckle, dog roses and hawthorn and all the summer favourites of an English hedgerow made us feel at home, but fields of blue lupins, pink gladioli and lilac reminded us we were in a  climate, though not so forcibly or pleasantly as the bright smiling dark eyes and rich complexions of the people...” The destinations of such a tour are to be expected, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Bologna, Lucca etc. but the depth of immersion and appreciation, largely omitting most of the rather tiresome accounts of unaired beds and overpriced suppers, renders Mrs. Bean’s account rather delightful to read. There is one particular scene involving a swarm of insistent beggar children in Rome that stands out, the intensity of the onslaught being such that it “quite overcame the customary philanthropy” of one of her male companions. A striking object, from, by all evidence, a rather accomplished lady."
- Guide to the Two Months in Italy travel journal, 1864
- Kayla Harris
- August 2020
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