Original Manuscript Diaries Of Holidays In Kent And Life In Goodnestone.


Bound in red half-morocco, marbled boards. A trifle rubbed at extremities Occasional slight foxing but otherwise clean.





1837, 1847.


Together with a mint copy of david oliver's book 'the diaries of frederick william benge. broadstairs, 1837, goodnestone, 1847' which is no.3 of a limited first edition of 500 copies, with signed dedication from oliver to william lapthorne, the broadstairs historian and previous owner of the diary.

Item Description

4to. 7.5 x 8.75 inches. [138] pages of manuscript, comprising [109] pp. at front; [29] pp. inverted manuscript at rear with [7] blank pages in centre. Illustrated with pen and wash sketches on ten pages of the 1837 text.


The two diaries have been identified as the work of Frederick William Benge (1787-1849), who was living in Pimlico at the time of the holiday but moved to Rowling House, Goodnestone, Kent in 1839. First part untitled; after introductory comment, entries from 12 September to 10 October 1837, followed by conclusion. Second part titled, Continuation of the Journal from 1847, Commencing 2 November ending 14 November 1847.
The diaries were transcribed and privately published by David R.Oliver (Broadstairs, 1994), illustrated throughout, with much additional matter, contemporary engravings, photographs, etc. Oliver's book contains four appendices, including background information on the family, persons mentioned in the diary, relevant extracts from Kentish Gazette, etc.
Despite having been previously researched, there remains much more to be explored. A unique item.

[Stock No. 19628]


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