Dalmatia : the land where East meets West.
Holbach, Maude M.
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PREFACE

IN presenting this little work on Dalmatia to the public, I wish to express my gratitude to all those who have so kindly assisted me.

First of all, to His Excellency Count Johann Harrach, President of the Dalmatian Society in Vienna, who first suggested the idea of this book, and without whose encouragement and support it would never have been written. Secondly, to the Direction of the Southern Railways of Austria and the Austrian Lloyd and Hungarian Croatian Steamship Companies, who showed my husband and myself great courtesy.

Then to His Excellency Signor Nardelli, Governor of Dalmatia, who kindly furnished us with a general letter of introduction and commendation to the officials in the Slav language, which was of great assistance where neither German nor Italian was understood; to Count Page  viAttems Heiligenkreuz, and to Baron Kalchberg, to whose enterprise the beautiful Imperial Hotel at Ragusa, where we spent so many happy days, owes its existence. We are especially indebted to Monsignor Bulic, the Conservator of Ancient Monuments in Dalmatia, who himself conducted us over the museum in Spalato and the buried city of Salona, where we were privileged to partake of his hospitality in the unique house he has erected among the ruins.

Our warmest thanks are due also to his nephew, Professor Jelic of Zara, who presented me with his book on Spalato and Salona, to which I have several times referred in this volume, and gave up much of his valuable time to assisting us during our stay in Zara, in which city we met with great kindness also from Signor Perlini, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, who placed his carriage at our disposal and arranged our visit to Nona.

In Ragusa Baron Ghetaldi, the descendant of the famous Ragusan family whose members filled so many high offices of State, was most kind in wise have obtained, and I wish to express my appreciation of the courtesy of Count Gozzi Page  viiwhen I visited his lovely and historic home, and my regret that my visit was necessarily too short to see all the art treasures it holds.

We are also greatly indebted to Signor Topic, the British Consul on the island of Lissa, who welcomed us personally on our arrival there, and kindly arranged for his secretary, who proved a most efficient guide, to show us all of peculiar interest to English people that lovely Lissa contains. The fragrance of the flowers daily sent me from the Consul's beautiful gardens lingers still in my memory, as does that of the roses I carried away from Signor Depollo's equally lovely gardens on the neighbouring island of Curzola.

To him and to his family we wish to tender our most special thanks for their warm welcome and kind hospitality, and I ask him to communicate my gratitude also to the fathers of the Franciscan monastery of the Badia, whence he accompanied us, for their hospitality and great courtesy in bringing all their art treasures into the monastery garden, that my sex should not debar me from seeing them.

Our excursion into Herzegovina was made doubly pleasurable by the kindness extended Page  viiito us by Lieutenant-Colonel Lilienhoff of the garrison at Trebinje, to whose charming wife I was indebted for the privilege of visiting a Turkish harem.

To Colonel Milutin Vukotic, Commander of the Military School at Cettinje and Aide de Camp to His Royal Highness the Prince of Montenegro, our thanks are due for the kind attention he paid us during our visit to his deeply interesting country.

Finally, I should like to express my indebtedness to Mr. Thomas Graham Jackson, R.A., for the great assistance his admirable work on Dalmatian architecture has been to me, and to thank all whom I have not mentioned by name for their welcome to their country.

I earnestly hope that this modest volume, which it has given me great pleasure to write and my husband to illustrate, may do its part in attracting the attention of my country people to the beauty and unique interest of the Kingdom of Dalmatia.

MAUDE M. HOLBACH.

AB3BAZIA, February 27th, 1907.