Nature diary of Ethel Casson, later the travel diary and commonplace book of Stanley Casson

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Nature diary of Ethel Casson, later the travel diary and commonplace book of Stanley Casson

May 1898-c. Jun 1912

Nature diary of Ethel Casson, later the travel diary and commonplace book of Stanley Casson.

Extent: 1 volume
Language(s) of Material: Ancient Greek and English.


MS. 15510


No biographical details of Ethel Casson are known.

Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Casson (1889-1944) was an English archaeologist specialising in Classical Greece. He served in the British Army during the First World War, and was one of the first Allied officers to enter Constantinople. In 1920 he became Assistant Director of the British School at Athens, and was elected Fellow of New College, Oxford. He produced multiple publications in the interwar years, including the acclaimed Macedonia, Thrace and Illyria, a historiography of these countries' relations with Greece based on his travels during the war. During the Second World War he served in Greece and the Netherlands. He was killed in a plane crash in 1944, en route to a posting in Cairo.

Scope and Content

Nature diary of Ethel Casson, begun on the 14 May 1898 and containing written observations, watercolour illustrations and pressed plant specimens. From July 1905 the volume is taken over by her brother, Stanley Casson, who describes various journeys undertaken - including to Folkestone, La Touguet, Boulogne, Wales, Turin, Rome, Naples and Silchester - accompanied by watercolour landscapes, ink illustrations and pressed plant specimens. The final third of the volume constitutes a commonplace book, with transcribed verse, some in Ancient Greek, and cuttings, the latest of which dates from June 1912.


Purchased from Blackwells Rare Books, Oct 2018, with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15510].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Casson | Ethel | fl 1898-1905 | sister of the archaeologist Stanley Casson
Casson, Stanley | 1889-1994 | archaeologist

Subject(s) (LCSH)

19th century
20th century
Voyages and travels -- Diaries

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