image MS_73_086
Image number: RS.17336
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Map of islands, Greece

Date

27 December 1675

Creator

Francis Vernon (1632-1677, British), Traveller

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p42v

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 300mm
width (page): 184mm

Subject

Description

Partial map of Greek islands in the North Aegean Sea, including the town of Mytilene located on island of Lesbos. This drawing is found in the journal by Francis Vernon of his travels in the Eastern Mediterranean, kept between 1675 and 1676.

Object history

'Mr. Vernon's journal of his travels is extant among the papers of the Royal Society, being found among those of Dr. Hooke, as appears from a letter of Dr. Richard Mead to the Revd. Mr. Edmund Cheshull. This journal, which contains only short and imperfect notes, but a great number of inscriptions, begins at Spalatro, July 8, 1675, and ends at Ispahan, September 14, 1676. The advantage, which Mr. Vernon's travels might have been of to the public, was prevented by his unfortunate death near Ispahan in Persia in a contest with some Arabs about an English pen-knife, which he refusing to give them, they fell upon him and cut him to pieces. His body being conveyed to that city was interred there' (Birch 3:357-58).

Associated place

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