Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Various Correspondents - Abroad - Italy - De Cosson

Object Title

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Various Correspondents - Abroad - Italy - De Cosson

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Various Correspondents - Abroad - Italy - De Cosson

Date

1921-27

Reference

MANN 18/12 12

Level

Item

Scope and Content

1921/1: Letter from the Baron de Cosson to 'Dear Mr. Mann' From 77 Via Ghibellina Florence, dated 4th March, 1921, discussing photographic illustrations of various Italian monuments and describing 'three days of communist revolt in Florence... last Sunday these were five hours of combat all round this house. At least the shooting, rifles, machine guns and armoured cars was continuous until after dark...',
1921/2: Letter from the Baron de Cosson to 'Dear Mr. Mann' dated 6th Augt. 1921, looking forward to a visit from Mann,
1921/3: Letter from the Baron de Cosson to 'Dear Mr. Mann' dated 4th Novr. 1921, thanking for photographs of 'the very charming armet in Buckland church... Cripps-Day is making a list of armour and helmets in English churches to be included I believe in the final volume of Guy Laking's great work. Perhaps you may know of some pieces with which he is not acquainted. I may take the liberty of mentioning your name to him...',
1922/4: Letter from the Baron de Cosson to 'My dear Mann' dated 4th Novr. 1922, thanking for card from Graz and informing him that his [Mann's] thesis had not yet arrived and suggesting that enquiries should be made at the Post Office,
1922/5: Postcard from the Baron de Cosson, postmarked Firenze 15 xii 1922: 'the registered packet has still not arrived... At last we have got a real man at the head of the govt. here instead of a puppet... The king behave admirbly is refusing to sign the decree which would cartainly have led to civil war...',
1922/6: Postcard from the Baron de Cosson, postmarked 21 xi 1922, acknowledging the arrival of the thesis,
1923/7: Letter from the Baron de Cosson to 'My dear Mann' from Casa Scarpa, Fondamenta Soranzo, Venice, dated 11th Septr. 1923, explaining that he had hoped to meet Mann in Venice, but could not get away in time. Discusses effigies in various churches in Italy, the transfer of the collection of arms and armour from the Arsenal in Venice to the Council of X in the Ducal Palace and the sale of the Pembroke armoury,
1926/8: Letter from the Baron de Cosson to 'My dear Mann' dated 10th March 1926: The Beaumont papers are at last packed and the little casewas fetched this morning by the Anglo-Italian Agency to be forwarded by petite vitesse...',
1926/9: Letter from the Baron de Cosson to 'My dear Mann' dated 18th December, 1926, apologising for delay in writing and explaining that he had suffered from repeated attacks of fever. 'I forget whether you have been to Venice, but when there look at the monument of Melchior Trevisan [sketch enclosed] (+ 1500) in the church of the Frari. On his statue is a real steel helmet, a sort of barbuta with an appendage in front of peculiar form. The statue itself is in stone as far as I remember, not in wood I think..., ... At Modena in the courtyard of the museum is a slab let into the wall on which you will see a coif of mail with a very unusual curtain of mail to it. The coif had a nasal of mail attached to its camail. [2nd sketch enclosed]' Discusses the Bardini Collection and asks about the third part of the Wallace Collection catalogue of arms and armour... [Also enclosed a postcard of the Dijon St, George sending Christmas greetings],
[1927/10]: Draft letter from JGM to 'My dear Baron de Cosson' thanking for letter giving details of 'Spitzer's sale of the Meyrick pieces to Wallace' and discussing Sullivan's collection of early swords and describing his hunt for early sale catalogues 'before the voracious Americans sweep the market of these elusive pamphlets...',

Extent

1 folder

Access Conditions

Open access

Associations

Creator(s) Sir James G. Mann

Contents

  MANN 18/12 12 - Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Various Correspondents - Abroad - Italy - De Cosson