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Notebook No.19, 16 November 1828-5 December 1828

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 1
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/19

Scope and Contents

This brown leather notebook covers Lyell's travels from Naples to Nicolosi and contains geological observations at Messina and along the coast road southward; View of Etna and Val del Bove. A list of Shells found at Trezza, notes on 'Modern Causes' p. 151 and 'Laws of Earthquakes' p. 164. The writing is mostly in pencil, and there are a few small sketches. The front plate reads "No 6, Italy 1828, Naples Nov. 16 to Nicolosi Dec 5th."

The following table of contents is Lyell's own words, copied from Lyell's own "Index", found at the beginning and end of the notebook, transcribed from digital surrogates using the platform Transkribus. When known, Lyell's abbreviations and contractions have been expanded using brackets []. When writing is unclear, and transcription is not possible, this is denoted using [...]. Quotation marks are Lyell's own notation for ditto, as is the abbreviation "d'o". The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook.

Lyell's Own Index

p. 1, Mole of Puzzuoli
p. 3, Temple of Nymphs
p. 4, Capri
p. 5, Stromboli
p. 5, Messina
p. 12, Pace [Messina]
p. 16, Annuziata [Messina]
p. 27, Naso
p. 28, Contessa
p. 30, Giampilieri
p. 32, Marina di Palma
p. 32, S[ain]t Alessio
p. 38, Etna
p. 40, Gemellaro on Bridge di Cerami
p. 52, Lafarana
p. 54, Valle di Calanna
p. 55, Portella
p. 60, Punte di Jumento
p. 66, Rocca di Capra V. del Bue
p. 72, Rocca Musara [V. del Bue]
p. 74, V. del Bue
p. 80, M[oun]t Menaldo n[ea]r Bronte
p. 88, Cavoli Mascalucia
p. 90, Monti Rosso
p. 90, Nicolosi
p. 90, Vampolari
p. 92, Ponte di Calta biana
p. 94, Militello
p. 94, Lodiero
p. 100, Longuise (pebbles on sea beach.)
p. 100, Nizzella
p. 102, Cyclopean isles
p. 110, Trezza
p. 110, Monte Borga ossia Bampolari
p. 116, Concazza, Etan
p. 120, Catania
p. 122, Fasana
p. 126, Nizzita
p. 128, V. del Bue
p. 134, Nicolosi to Biancavilla and Aderno
p. 138, Ponte Ranni


  • Creation: 16 November 1828-5 December 1828


Language of Materials



172 folios

86 Leaves

1 volume

Archivist's Note

Created by Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist, April 2021

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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