Collection J. Lane MSS - Jenny Lane Journals

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J. Lane MSS

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Jenny Lane Journals

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  • 1873-1876 (Creation)

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3 journals

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Name of creator

(?-?)

Biographical history

Eldest daughter of George Lane, a market gardener in Pulborough, Sussex. Lady's maid to Lucy Renshaw, travelling companion of Amelia A. B. Edwards. Her married name was Collins.

Archival history

Previously in the hands of Jenny Lane's family (great-nephew Mr J. Martin of Broadstairs).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bonhams, London. Travel and Exploration, Sale 25106, 6 February 2019, lot 115. Acquired by the Griffith Institute at auction (£8,125.00) thanks to grants from the Friends of the National Libraries (50%), the Friends of the Petrie Museum (25%) and a number of donations to the Griffith Institute Archive (25%).

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Journals of Jenny Lane, lady's maid to Lucy Renshaw, travelling companion of Amelia A. B. Edwards, describing in detail their various trips including the 1873-1874 journey through France and Italy, crossing from Brindisi to Alexandria on the Simla, thence up the Nile to Dendara, Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, Philae and Abu Simbel, and the return journey via Port Said, through Lebanon to Damascus, Baalbek and Beirut, Constantinople, Athens, and the Rhine. They contain vivid descriptions of the landscape, weather and peoples, and anecdotes and observations of fellow travellers and places visited. They cover the periods from 4 September 1873 to 24 March 1874 (vol. I), from 1 May to 29 June 1874 (vol. II) and from 26 February to 6 March 1876 (vol. III). 286 pages in three volumes, calf, worn, 8vo (I: dark red cover, 17.5 x 11.5 x 2 cm, 194 pages; II: dark blue cover, 18 x 11.7 x 0.9 cm, 70 pages; III: black cover, 17.8 x 11.5 x 0.8 cm, 22 pages).

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Accruals

System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Vol. I accessioned with some loss at spine and some loose pages at the beginning; vols II and III in good condition.

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This is an original.

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Not known.

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Large album, chiefly of photographs, 1873-1876 in the possession of Jenny Lane's family (Mr Martin's widow).

Publication note


  • Excerpts from journals quoted in B. Moon, More Usefully Employed: Amelia B. Edwards, writer, traveler and campaigner for ancient Egypt (2006).
  • Full web publication in preparation on this website.

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  • Portrait from B. Moon, More Usefully Employed: Amelia B. Edwards, writer, traveler and campaigner for ancient Egypt (2006), fig. 16 on p. 113.

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