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  • June 18, 2014 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    You are very fortunate to have followed Napoleon’s footsteps!

  • mrodenberg
    July 10, 2014 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I do feel fortunate to have been able to go to St Helena. It was a trip of a lifetime. I don’t think I could have gotten as close to understanding Napoleon without that voyage. Perhaps when St Helena’s airport is finished (and it’s no longer a month-long commitment to get there), you and others will be able to go, too. Corsica is also a wonderful place, especially before the tourists arrive in the summer!

  • Susan Mentor
    July 3, 2017 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Hello Margaret. I have a photo of my son and I standing in front of the David painting back in 1984. It is not a really clear picture, but I thought you might like to see it. We were on a bus tour of Paris, but did not have nearly enough time to spend in the Louvre. Another part of the tour was a trip on an (overcrowded) ferry out to the Isle of Elba. We lived in Germany at the time, and visited many wonderful art museums while there. And also the Tate Gallery in London. enjoyed your website.

  • mrodenberg
    July 3, 2017 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Susan! I’d love to see it.

  • Georg CD Kastl
    February 16, 2018 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    Hello Margaret,

    I have in front of me what could be the first monograph in English, or even any language, on the Island of Saint Helena. Have you bibliographic tools to disprove or prove this?

    The book is:

    [DUNCAN, Francis]. A Description of the Island of St. Helena; Containing Observations On Its Singular Structure and Formation and an Account of Its Climate, Natural History, and Inhabitants. London, R. Phillips, 1805.

    Small 8vo. Recent half-morocco over cloth-covered boards, spine with raised bands and lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. xxiv, 239, two engraved folding plates on stiff paper (one bound as frontispiece); a few preliminary leaves misbound, evenly a little browned.

    Very rare first edition of this early and anonymous monograph on the South Atlantic Island, attributed to Francis Duncan, M. D., by Philip Gosse in his St. Helena, 1502-1938 (p. 259).

    I might be able to look into Gosse’s book, but maybe someone knows or has the rather short bibliography of books on the island?

    With many thanks and kind regards,

  • mrodenberg
    February 17, 2018 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Hello, Georg,

    What a great find. I hope it’s in good condition. I’m not an expert on the topic, but quick research tells me that there are many earlier references to St Helena from travelers who visited the island as early as 1570. I suggest you look into Shakespeare’s Island, St Helena and the Tempest, by David J Jeremiah (easily available through Amazon) to read a good summary of them. That said, you have me stumped. I don’t find any earlier books solely dedicated to St Helena. The nearest I’ve located is T.H. Brooke’s A History of the Island of St Helena form its Discovery by the Portuguese to the Year 1806, which was published in 1808. You also might try contacting the Friends of St Helena or the library on St Helena itself. I have Gosse’s book. It quotes from Duncan’s text, but Gosse gives no explanation as to why he attributed the book to Duncan.
    All the best, Margaret

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