William Black was a British physician and scholar of Greek. He travelled in the Eastern Mediterranean and mainly in the Aegean and Ionian seas, on HMS “Euryalus” and “Chanticleer”. The account of his journey was published by his nephew. The appendix to the work includes meteorological tables and other information on the climate of the regions visited by Black (Zakynthos, Lefkada, Cephalonia, Corfu, Naples, Nafplion, Milos, Cythera, Izmir, Acarnania etc.) together with nosological data.
The description of the tour starts on Lefkada island on 30 June 1822. With keen insigh Black follows the events of the Greek War of Independence until the siege and fall of Mesolonghi (23 April 1826) his distinctive literary style. In a thorough diary, invaluable to the history of the Greek War of Independence, he describes people and events in the following regions: Lefkada, Ithaca, Corinth, Nafplio, Athens (April and September 1824, May 1826), Kalamos and Navarino (May 1825, October 1827).
The illustrations which accompany the text are some of the very few pictures from the period of the Greek War of Independence, and were done by Black himself. Most of them are views of ports and other locations from the sea, drawn from the ship.
Written by Ioli Vingopoulou