A Tour through Italy
de Beer Eb 1791 M
London: Printed for C. and G. Kearsley
In 1778 Thomas Martyn (1735–1825) travelled to Italy, spending two years there. His diary formed the basis of his successful guide A Tour through Italy (1791). Martyn’s interest was in botany, but he did take time out to offer useful details on currency differences between regions, habitable inns, mileage, and include a colourful map of the then road system. The map excludes all Italy south of Naples, perhaps reflecting the traditional limits of what constituted ‘Italy’; the area outside that consisted of banditti (i.e. outlaws, robbers) and continuous unrest.
Thomas Martyn, “A Tour through Italy,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed July 24, 2017, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8570.
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