Nature diary of Ethel Casson, later the travel diary and commonplace book of Stanley Casson
Nature diary of Ethel Casson, begun on the 14 May 1898 and containing written observations, watercolour illustrations and pressed plant specimens. From July 1905 the volume is taken over by her brother, Stanley Casson, who describes various journeys undertaken - including to Folkestone, La Touguet, Boulogne, Wales, Turin, Rome, Naples and Silchester - accompanied by watercolour landscapes, ink illustrations and pressed plant specimens. The final third of the volume constitutes a commonplace book, with transcribed verse, some in Ancient Greek, and cuttings, the latest of which dates from June 1912.
- Creation: May 1898-c. Jun 1912
Language of Materials
- Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15510].
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 15510
Nature diary of Ethel Casson, later the travel diary and commonplace book of Stanley Casson.
Biographical / Historical
No biographical details of Ethel Casson are known.
Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Casson (1889-1944) was an English archaeologist specialising in Classical Greece. He served in the British Army during the First World War, and was one of the first Allied officers to enter Constantinople. In 1920 he became Assistant Director of the British School at Athens, and was elected Fellow of New College, Oxford. He produced multiple publications in the interwar years, including the acclaimed Macedonia, Thrace and Illyria, a historiography of these countries' relations with Greece based on his travels during the war. During the Second World War he served in Greece and the Netherlands. He was killed in a plane crash in 1944, en route to a posting in Cairo.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Blackwells Rare Books, Oct 2018, with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian.
- Nature diary of Ethel Casson, later the travel diary and commonplace book of Stanley Casson
- Finding aid prepared by Meg Woodward
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