About the Cover Illustration

The figure on the cover of Griffon in Action is captioned “An inhabitant of Breno.” The illustration is taken from a reproduction of the travel logs of Francesco Carrara (1812–1854), a historian and archaeologist, who traveled extensively through Dalmatia, Northern Italy, and Austria, recording his impressions of the history, politics, and customs of the places he visited. The travel logs, accompanied by finely colored illustrations, give a rare and detailed account of regional life in that part of Europe in the mid-nineteenth century. The illustrations were obtained from a helpful librarian at the Ethnographic Museum in Split, situated in the Roman core of the medieval center of the town: the ruins of Emperor Diocletian’s ...

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