1834 Italy: With Sketches of Spain and Portugal In Two Volumes
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William Thomas Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844), usually known as William Beckford, was an English novelist, a profligate and consummately knowledgeable art collector and patron of works of decorative art, a critic, travel writer and sometime politician, reputed to be the richest commoner in England. Beckford journeyed in Italy in 1782 and promptly wrote a book on his travels: Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents (1783). His other principal writings were Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters (1780), a satirical work; and Letters from Italy with Sketches of Spain and Portugal (1834), full of brilliant descriptions of scenes and manners. In 1793 he visited Portugal, where he settled for a period. Complete in two volumes.
Rebound in half calf with marbled boards. Externally, very smart. Internally, firmly bound. Pages have some slight age-toning, with scattered spotting throughout. A few closed tears to the pages also.
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