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Tour of Italy, manuscript journal, by R.B. [Robert Buckley] Comyn

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MS. 21114
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Robert Buckley Comyn began his journal in London, 20 Jul 1822, and documented his travels through France, Geneva and the Alps to Rome. During his time in Italy, Comyn visited Pompeii and Herculaneum, Naples, and Bologna, and returned to London via Simplon, Lausanne, and Calais.

Comyn's journal is written in a neat copperplate hand and is bound in green half morocco over marbled boards with gilt work. The recto of each page is generally written in brown ink and the verso (often providing footnotes, references, or additions to the previous page) in red ink. The last quarter of the volume is blank. With 20th century binding and bookplate of Charles Benson.


  • Creation: 1822


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Latin

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MS. 21114

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21114


Tour of Italy, manuscript journal, by R.B. Comyn, 1822.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Robert Buckley Comyn (1792–1853), judge, was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, London, and St John's College, Oxford. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1809, and was called to the bar in 1814. In 1825, Comyn was appointed a puisne judge of the supreme court of Madras and was promoted to chief justice in 1835. He was president of the Madras Literary Society from 1835 to 1842. In 1837, he published his History of the Western Empire. Comyn returned to Britain in 1842.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with the generous support of the Friends of the Bodleian from Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities, 2021.

Catalogue of Tour of Italy, manuscript journal, by R.B. Comyn, 1822
Rachael Marsay
Language of description
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Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom