Notes of some of the original libraries in the Levant where manuscripts still exist …

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Creator

Curzon, Robert.

Title

Notes of some of the original libraries in the Levant where manuscripts still exist …

Publisher

[manuscript],

Date

ca. 1837.

Description

Traveller and bibliophile Robert Curzon (1810–1872) first visited monastic libraries in Egypt, Asia Minor, Greece and Albania in 1833–1834, hoping to acquire ancient texts for his own personal collection. Curzon’s affability and charm gained him access to several obscure monasteries, and he returned to England with armfuls of Greek manuscripts. Curzon was introduced to the eccentric collector Sir Thomas Phillipps in December 1836, and sometime in 1837 Curzon gave Phillipps this short autograph account of his travels.

Source

Gift of Jean Mermin Horblit in honor of her husband, Harrison Horblit, 1995.