Italy, Illustrated and Described
1864, with 65 engravings by James Duffield Harding, Samuel Prout, William Brokedon, William Leighton Leitch, Henry Corbould, Sam Bough, David Roberts etc
First edition thus (an earlier version was published in the 1840s as Italy, Classical, Historical and Picturesque). Half-leather binding with five raised bands, contrasting title label and blindstamped design to spine. 31 × 24cm, cxlvi + 168pp.
Full title: Italy, Illustrated and Described, in a Series of Views from Drawings by Stanfield, R.A., Roberts, R.A., Harding, Prout, Leitch, Brockedon, Barnard, etc etc with Descriptions of the Scenes and an Introductory Essay on the Political, Religious and Moral States of Italy by Camillo Mapei, and a Sketch of the History and Progress of Italy during the Last Fifteen Years (1847–62) in Continuation of Dr Mapei's Essay by the Rev. Gavin Carlyle.
Camillo Mapei's descriptive study of Italy contains a series of engravings drawn from drawings by the most important English painters who visited Italy in the first half of the nineteenth century, such as: James Duffield Harding, Samuel Prout, William Brokedon, William Leighton Leitch, Henry Corbould, Sam Bough, David Roberts etc
This is a good working copy, but has quite heavy wear. The leather is scuffed and rubbed to all edges and joints, the cloth covered boards are marked with occasional ink spots and are generally worn. Internally, the book has all 65 engravings present as per the plate index (frontis, engraved title, bastard title and 62 full page plates), and of these 24 have been competently hand-coloured by a previous owner, leaving 41 in the original black and white state. The text pages and plates are tanned to the edges and foxed lightly throughout, with some offsetting from the plates throughout. Previous owner's names and inscriptions to the front pastedown. The inner binding is secure, but the front hinge is starting to weaken. This is a rare title.
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