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A Ramble in Malta and Sicily, in the Autumn of 1841


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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108054683

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  • In the autumn of 1841, George French Angas (1822–86) abandoned his conventional career in the City of London for a life of art, travel and zoology. Inspired by a childhood fascination with natural history, his accounts blend detailed antiquarian descriptions of temples and palaces with picturesque notes on livestock and wildlife. Published in 1842, this work was the first of Angas' books to charm the British reading public, and its success launched his new career as a prolific chronicler and illustrator of foreign lands. Opening with the journey to Malta, Angas begins his tour in Valetta, taking in the forts of St Elmo and St Angelo and various tapestries and paintings en route. In Sicily, he continues to document Mediterranean culture, making also an ascent of Mount Etna. Illustrated with fourteen engravings, this book displays the charm and diversity that defines the best nineteenth-century travel writing.

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    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108054683
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 1 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Voyage to Malta
    2. Arrival at Malta - description of Valetta
    3. Sunset - country house of Mr Agius - Cattle and goats
    4. The knights of St John of Jerusalem
    5. Palace - armoury - tapestry and paintings
    6. Auberges of the knights - hospitals
    7. Walls and fortifications - castles of St Elmo and St Angelo - forts Ricasoli, Tigné, and Manoel
    8. Ramble in the country - Pietà - baths
    9. Costume - dress of the country people
    10. Walk to Marsa Scirocco - excursions to Macluba, and the ruins of Hajar Kim
    11. Excursion to St Paul's Bay - Mellieha, and the grotto of Calypso
    12. Visit to the gardens and palace of St Antonio, and Citiva Vecchia, the ancient capital of Malta
    13. Expedition to the island of Gozo - the General's Rock - Rabbato, and the Giant's Tower
    14. Convent of the Capuchin friars
    15. Public library - cathedral of St John - churches and nunneries
    16. Floriana gardens - Il Grotto - naturalists
    17. Market - hotels - cafés - prices of provisions
    18. Departure from Malta
    19. Voyage from Malta to Syracuse
    20. Rivers Anapus and Papyrus - temple of Jupiter Olympus, and the Fonte Ciané
    21. Tyche - Neapolis - Fort Labdalus - the quarries of the philosophers - Strada del Tombe - subterranean passage - temple of Ceres
    22. Museum - temple of Minerva - fountain of Arethusa - ear of Dionysius - garden of paradise - aqueduct - nymphaeum - tripod of Apollo - Strada Sepulchrale in Neapolis
    23. Theatre - ampitheatre - catacombs - chapel of San Giovanni - tomb of St Marcian - convent and garden of the Cappuccini - fortifications - return to Syracuse - costume of the inhabitants
    24. Journey on mules to Catania
    25. City of Catania - Ferdinand and Isabella - illuminations - Abbate's hotel
    26. Catania - Prince Biscari's museum - cathedral - Greek theatre - subterranean amphitheatre - ancient baths, etc.
    27. Nicolosi - expedition to Etna
    28. Route from Catania to Messina
    29. Trip to the Faro - Scylla and Charybdis
    30. Return to Etna - hospitality at Riposto - ascent of the mountain
    31. Visit to the Castagno di Cento Cavallos
    32. Taormina - journey to Messina
    33. Messina - public gardens - cathedral - shrine of St Placido - marina, streets, convents, and public buildings
    34. Voyage from Messina to England.

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