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Diary of F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Cécile on their honeymoon, 29 Mar 1837 till F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy's departure for England, 24 Aug 1837, 29 Mar 1837-24 Aug 1837

MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn e. 6

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Honeymoon diary. From 25 Aug till 27 Sep Cécile continued the diary alone, leaving space in the lower part of each page, which was filled by Felix, ca. 1839; see Briefwechsel mit ... Karl Klingemann, p. 239. The diary contains 37 pen-and-ink sketches by Felix and Cécile: 9 of Felix's sketches and one by Cécile were reproduced by Petitpierre, The Romance of the Mendelssohns, 1947, pp. 152-63. Music is on fols. 12b (Allegretto in A major for piano, reproduced Petitpierre, op. cit. pp. 156-7), fol. 50 (Song in F, 'Die Freundin'), and fol. 79 ('2-stimmige Canon' in B minor), of which a pencil copy is in MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn g. 4, fol. 40v. Pressed violets have been removed to MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn d. 69, fol. 1.


  • 29 Mar 1837-24 Aug 1837


131 Leaves


MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn e. 6

Custodial History

Wach collection.


  • Complete transcription and translation: The Mendelssohns on honeymoon: the 1837 diary of Felix and Cécile Mendelssohn Bartholdy, together with letters to their families , edited and translated by Peter Ward Jones. (Oxford, 1997).

Physical Facet

Binding: green paper on boards stamped with a narrow border of daisies, formerly gilt. Edges of leaves yellow. 131 leaves (81-130 blank). Slightly cut by the binder.

Repository Details

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