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Italy With Sketches of Spain and Portugal

By [William Beckford]

1834

Richard Bentley : London

9" by 6"

xvi, 371pp; xv, 381pp.

 

 

 

DETAILS

A pleasing second edition revised copy of William Beckford's travelogue of Italy, Spain and Portugal; complete in two volumes.

William Thomas Beckford was a renowned English novelist, art collector, critic, and sometime politician. Best known as the author of the Gothic novel 'Vathek', and as the builder of Lansdown Tower (or "Beckford's Tower" as it is more commonly known) Beckford was also a renowned travel writer, who extensively explored Europe. This work recounts Beckford's travels through Italy, Spain and Portugal, recounted through a collection of letters from his notebooks and diaries. Extensively describing the places he travelled to, this work was extremely popular and well renowned for its brilliant descriptions of scenes and manners of these countries in the nineteenth century. Volume I contains a tipped-in slip to the front pastedown, featuring an ink inscription by a prior owner detailing the ''Quarterly Review' criticism of Beckford's work from June 1834: "Mr. Beckford's book is entirely unlike any book of travels in prose that exists in any European language. Some immortal passages in Gray's letters and Byron's diaries are the only things that come near the picturesque descriptions at once true and startling, of many of these extraordinary pages. The work will keep Mr Beckford's name alive for centuries. xx written in language which can scarcely be praised beyond its deserts- simple, massive, nervous, apparently little laboured, yet revealing, in its effect, the perfection of art."

CONDITION

In a full cloth binding, with blind stamped design to boards, and gilt title to spines. Externally very smart, with slight bumping to extremities and head and tail of spine. Slight fading to spine and extremities of boards, as expected with this colour binding. Small splits and slight loss to head of spine, and the odd mark to boards. Hinges split and strained to volume I, but still reasonably firm. Slip tipped to front pastedown volume I by prior owner, inscribed with review of work from the 'Quarterly Review'. Internally firmly bound. Pages age toned to extremities but bright and clean, with the odd spot to the occasional page.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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