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Francis Magnin de Collogny Travel Manuscripts about Bolivia and Peru, 1863

Identifier: SC MS 0222

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts include travel accounts of Francis Magnin about social life and customs of Bolivia and Peru with many hand drawn, pen-and-ink sketches. Several quotes from famous literature are interspersed throughout. Handwritten title translates to “Peru, China and Japan: Intimate Memories.” However, there is no indication in these two volumes about visiting China or Japan. Most of the events in the first volume take place in Bolivia, and the second volume in Lima, Peru.

Bookseller’s description, pasted on the cover verso, reads as: “Intimate records of Peruvian life and society.Magnin de Collogny, F., souvenirs intimes. French manuscript. 2 vols. Of 150 and 117 written pages and 95 pen-and-ink drawings interspersed in the text. Small folio. 1863. Boards. RM

Contains an account of the author’s residence at Arica, Tacna, and Lima in the year 1863 with many particulars about these towns, their buildings (churches, theatres, bazars, gambling houses, alamedas, market places, inns) inhabitants, both Spanish and aborigines, festivities (fiesta de la independencia, Christmas, bull-fights, dances, cock-fights) and other population (Tapadas, arrieros, aguadores, priests, etc.) Prostitution, common houses, and the licentious life of private persons are extensively treaded, many chapters begin quite a chronique scandaleuse, interspersed with remarks and reflections by the author. Many persons of Peruvian society of that time are thus passed in review, though with names changed. Of great interest is also the ample description of an earthquake, of a visit to Chorrilos, a “Baden-Baden” 30 miles from Lima, an account of Chicha Islands, the author passed along on his voyage to Callao, and of a passage across the Cordilleras.

What gives manuscript an additional value are the 95 spirited pen-and-ink drawings made from nature, representing many portraits, though some of them certainly caricatured, types of population, street scenes, love adventures, etc.”


  • Creation: 1863

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Biographical / Historical

Marc François Magnin was born in Geneva August 16, 1842, son of Charles Louis Magnin, watch manufacturer and Mary Pernette of Collogny.Magnin grew up with travel and adventure literature and was a great admirer of Don Quixote. According to some biographies, after an argument with his father he fled the family home and went to South America. He began his world tour under the name of Count Francis Magnin de Collogny de Carriero. He had a succession of fantastic adventures, both actually experienced and imagined, that are the subjects of his many writings. He often signs his name F. Magnin de Collogny.


2 Volume, 14 cm x 18.5 cm x 3.5 cm. : 2 Volumes, 150 pages in Vol 1, and 117 pages in Vol 2; 29 cm.


Two volume manuscripts written in 1863 by Francis Magnin of Collogny. Manuscripts document life in Bolivia and Peru with extensive pen-and-ink drawings.


Information is arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harvey Bassler, Class of 1908, February 25, 1952.

Related Materials

Harvey Bassler Correspondence and Diaries about Peru and Documents Related to Donation of His Library to Lehigh University. SC MS 0019

Francis Magnin de Collogny Travel Manuscripts about Bolivia and Peru, 1863SC MS 0222
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