19th century diary of travels through France, Belgium and Germany, chiefly recording items of antiquarian interest, such as ancient manuscripts, churches, etc.
A bookseller note states that this work was likely executed by Philippe Kervyn de Volkaersbeke. Philippe (1815-1881) was a Belgian politician and antiquarian; he published on antiquarian themes including works focused on the regions and manuscripts here explored.
Same bookseller titled this diary, "Relacion ou Voyage en Allemegne via Lille, Ghent & Bruxelles".
In exploring this diary, I found that the author would enter town libraries and record the ancient records extant. In one example, he drew the title page of Matthew for a manuscript likely 9th or 10th century (based on the design).
A handful of sketches throughout, though the author was not an artist.
The diary is written in French, and I think it would be best enjoyed by someone who is fluent in French (enough to read hasty handwritten notes) and enjoys the pursuit of antiquarian items.
I count (approx.) 140 leaves with notes filling both sides. Likely approx. 70 blank leaves following (with one near rear with annotations mixed in).
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 21 x 13 x 2 cm. Leather binding. Ticket of paper seller "Garnier Papetier Rui Poissonniere No. 5 A Paris" on pastedown.
See pictures. Binding has some wear at edges, corners and joints with a little rubbing. Some evidence of polish. 1 cm crack at top of front joint. Rear board bottom corner bumped. Oiled turn-ins (leather) has ghosted onto facing pages. Ticket of "Garnier Papetier" on pastedown. Some bookseller notes on flyleaf (1830/50, non identifie, proboblement Phillipe Kervyn de Volkaersbeke, etc.) Some toning to paper. Occasional ink smudge. Some underlining, strikethroughs, etc. Approx. 1/3 of the leaves are blank.
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