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Travels Through Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Sicily Translated from the German of Frederic Leopold Count Stolberg By Thomas Holcroft

By Thomas Holcroft; Frederic Leopold Count Stolberg

1797

G G and J Robinson : London

8.5" by 6"

xxvii, 427pp; xi, 452pp; xi,537pp; viii,591pp

 

 

 

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A scarce and beautifully preserved eighteenth century travel work, being the letters of German poet, lawyer and translator Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg. Profusely illustrated, with folding a map and engraved plates.

This work documents the journey Stolberg took following his marriage to the Countess Sophie von Redern in 1789. They both took a tour through Germany, Switzerland and Italy. This tour is noted to be of importance for Stolberg's own religious development due to the Catholic influences he met. The letters have been translated into English by English dramatist, poet and translator, Thomas Holcroft. Holcroft wrote his own popular travel work on Westphalia, Holland and the Netherlands. This is the second edition of his translation, to which he has written a preface. With the bookplate of the Earl of Wicklow with 'Clonmore' written below. The Howard family, who held the title of the Earl of Wicklow had an intermittent relationship with the title of Clonmore. The first Viscount Wicklow, Ralph Howard, held the title of Baron Clonmore of Clonmore Castle. This title died with him and his son became the Earl of Wicklow. The fourth Earl of Wicklow, William Howard, was styled Lord Clonmore from 1815 to 1818 and it is likely that this work could be from his library. This same crest is sometimes seen on bookplates with 'Earl of Wicklow' written below. Collated, with nineteen folding plates and one large folding maps total. The pages to this work are bright, and all plates are very well preserved. Three plates, being a folding map of Italy after Brio, 'The Grutlin Matte', 'The Valley of Lauterbrunn' to volume I. Seven plates, being; 'St Peter's Church', 'The Colosseum', 'Outside View of the Colosseum', 'The Campo Vaccino', 'The Circus of Haracalla', 'Outside View of the Pantheon', and 'The Interior of the Pantheon', to volume II. Seven plates, being; ' View of a Rocky Valley Near Sorento', 'Grotto di Matrimonio', 'Temple of Neptune', 'Winter Huts...', 'Winter Huts on the Shores of the Adriatic', 'A view in Trapani', and 'Ruin of a Grecian Temple' to volume III. Three plates, 'The Tree Called Dei Cente Cavalli', 'A View in the Island of Ischia', 'A View in the Island of Ischia and of the Mountain Epomeo'

CONDITION

In full tree calf bindings. All volumes have been rebound with the original boards and spine labels preserved. Externally, smart with light rubbing to the extremities and occasional light mark to boards. Small amount of rubbing and minor losses to the corners of spine labels which have otherwise been very well preserved. Bookplate to the front pastedown of all volumes, 'Clonmore'. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are all very bright. Several of the plates remain bright with virtually no spots or handling marks. 'Italy after Brio' map, 'The Grutlin Matte', 'The Campo Vaccino', have a few handling marks and the odd spot, but remain in tact with no tears. 'The Valley of Lauterbrunn' has a small chip to the edge, not affecting the plate. 'St Peter's Church' and 'The Coloseum', 'Outside View of the Colosseum', 'Winter Huts', 'The Tree Called Dei Cente Cavalli' plates have a very small closed tear to the fold at the joint as expected due to handling. View of a Rocky Valley Near Sorento' is lacking the bottom from a previous trimming, affecting the 'V' to the word view but not affecting the image. Very small worm hole to the bottom margin to volume I from the front pastedown to the end of the contents pages, not affecting any text. Small wormholes to the bottom margin to volume III from the front pastedown to page 173. Not affecting any text or images to the plates. Small wormholes to the bottom margin to volume IV from the front pastedown to page 167. The odd spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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