Italy ; with sketches of Spain and Portugal. By the author of “Vathek”.
London, Richard Bentley 1834.
8vo. 2 vols. (2)(ex 4, no half title leaf) + xvi + 391 + (1)pp ; (14) (ex xvi, no half title leaf) + 381 + (1)pp. Contemporary quarter calf, cloth sides, rebacked with recent calf spines. Mid nineteenth century armorial bookplates of an unidentified peer.
First edition. This presents a narrative of Beckford’s travels in Italy and elsewhere in 1781-2, largely based on diary notes made by him at the time and originally printed in his suppressed book of 1783 entitled Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents ; together with a similar narrative of his travels in Spain and Portugal in 1787-8, again based on contemporary notes and diaries. Beckford’s vivid descriptions of his travel experiences, of scenery and of singular individuals met by him in Portugal and Spain, were immediately popular with the reading public and a second edition rapidly followed (see that item). Chapman/Hodgkin, Italy (i). Millington p.309.