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Beckford, William

Italy, with sketches of Spain and Portugal (with) Vathek.

Paris, Baudry’s European Library 1834.

Reference: 13290
Price: £95 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. (4) (ex vi, no half title leaf) + 338 + 127 + (1)pp. Twentieth century cloth, slightly worn at head and foot of spine and at outer corners. A little browned and spotted, principally at upper blank margin. Pages 67-8 of Vathek repaired for a marginal tear.

A volume in Baudry’s European Library bringing together Beckford’s Italy, with Sketches of Spain and Portugal, then very recently published in London, with a text of Vathek, following that used for the 1823 London edition. Beckford’s bookseller, George Clarke, wrote to him on 12 July 1834, presumably in reference to the present publication, that “the Parisians” were “alive to Vathek” and preferred Beckford’s original edition to the “Lewisian Walpoleian hash” (the combined Beckford – Horace Walpole – Lewis volume then recently published by Bentley in his Standard Novels series). Chapman/Hodgkin, Italy (ii). Millington p.258 and p.310.