‘Diary of Gertrude Bell, 1911.’

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The record is made up of 1 volume (37 folios). It was created in 19 Apr 1911-23 May 1911. It was written in English, Arabic, Greek, Ancient and Syriac. The original is part of the British Library: Western Manuscripts.

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The second of two oblong duodecimo volumes containing abbreviated notes recorded by Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, during the course of a journey through Syria, Turkey and Iraq, from Damascus to Aleppo via Baghdad. The volume covers the period 19 April to 23 May 1911, covering the journey from the vicinity of Dara, in Turkey, to Bell’s arrival in Aleppo. The notes record: places passed or visited; times of arrival and departure; temperature and atmospheric pressure readings; some description of the topographic character of the places passed through; and copies of Greek, Syriac, and Nabatean tomb inscriptions.

The volume also includes:

  • drawings depicting two anthropomorphic figures, possibly of stone carvings from a tomb at Kermati [Kayabali], above a drawing of three arches. All three drawings have dimensions indicated (ff 3v-4)

Folios 25-37 are blank.

Extent and format
1 volume (37 folios)
Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with i, and terminates at the inside back cover with 38; these numbers are written in pencil, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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English, Arabic, Greek, Ancient and Syriac in Latin, Arabic, Greek and Syriac script
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British Library: Western Manuscripts
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Add MS 45158 B

History of this record

19 Apr 1911-23 May 1911 (CE, Gregorian)

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For accounts of Bell’s 1911 journey, see

The Letters of Gertrude Bell

, ed. Lady Bell, i, 1927, pp. 266-306, M. R. Ridley,

Gertrude Bell

, 1941, pp. 102-118, and Josephine Kamm,

Daughter of the Desert

, 1956, pp. 119-120.

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