By James Morton Paton
A number of phrases in regard to the contents of this little booklet are important. Its writer, on the time of his demise on November 23, 1944, had in preparation
an broad paintings at the mediaeval historical past and monuments of Athens, in the
manifold assets for which, even after the important reports of Laborde and
more fresh students, he nonetheless came upon a clean harvest. His researches, carried on
principally within the libraries and records of Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome,
were interrupted in 1939 by means of the eu conflict, and their continuation at the
Harvard collage Library used to be just a little later terminated by way of his progressively failing
health. His paintings, even with its lengthy period, can scarcely be acknowledged to have passed
beyond the level of gathering resources; their synthesis and dialogue he had of
course postponed till they need to were thoroughly assembled. He had,
however, even if Athens remained the heart of his curiosity, virtually completed
a few sections, forming to a undeniable volume byways best from the most path,
and he had additionally ready the texts of varied assets in a sort appropriate for publication.
This fabric is accumulated the following within the wish that, as he could have desired,
it mzy turn out of provider to destiny investigators within the related box. His deepest notes
have provided a foundation for the most a part of the mild considered necessary modifying, which has
chiefly consisted within the of entirety or addition of footnotes. A lecture on Turkish
Athens, although a little bit undemanding and added decades in the past, has been
included as a compendium of its topic that could be came upon handy. The accounts
of Athens in bankruptcy I1 were hitherto unpublished, or published
only in infrequent or no longer simply obtainable texts, and as a result, with a number of additions, are
brought jointly the following, no matter if now not annotated or totally collated. I t can't be too
strongly emphasised that not anyone may have insisted extra zealously than the
writer upon the basically incomplete of the fabric as a complete - a
condition certainly that money owed for the absence or the inequalities in presentation
of a few very important resources between these given below.
He could earnestly have wanted to convey his honest gratitude to the Bibliothcque
Nationale in Paris, to the Archivio di Stato and the Biblioteca Marciana
in Venice, the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Archivio di Stato in Florence,
the Biblioteca Vaticana, and the Harvard university Library for the various courtesies
that he obtained from them during his researches. that when back his
work must have been given a spot one of the Gennadeion Monographs is an
honor of which he could were deeply appreciative.
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CHAPTERS ON MEDIAEVAL AND RENAISSANCE VISITORS TO GREEK LANDS by James Morton Paton