The Unpublished Journal of Gideon Mantell 1819-1852

In 1818 Mantell began to keep a Journal – as he called it – “a sketch of passing events”. The original copies of the Journal – together with all the remaining archives of Mantell are kept in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand to where one of his sons had emigrated. In 1940, E. Cecil Curwen published about half of this extensive record of Mantell’s often turbulent life and times. The unpublished parts have remained somewhat elusive until now. However if you follow the link below you can download the pdf version  of the rest.

Many thanks to John Cooper of Brighton and Hove Museums whose decade long dedication to untangling the unpublished from the published parts of the journals results in this being available today.

http://brightonmuseums.co.uk/discover/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2014/11/mantell_journal.pdf

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