BOSWELL, James. An Account of Corsica, the journal of a tour to that island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli. Glasgow: by Robert and Andrew Foulis for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1768.
8°. Half title. Title with engraved device of the arms of Corsica. Folding engraved map of Corsica surmounted by Boswell's arms (30mm. tear at edge of map and slight whitening to a small area, half title, title and final leaves browned at edges.) Contemporary speckled calf ruled in gilt (new spine label). Provenance: John Bacon Sawrey Morritt, Rokeby Park (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION. Pine-Coffin 7561; Pottle 24; Rothschild 442.
PIOZZI, Hester Lynch. Observations and Reflections made in the course of a journey through France, Italy and Germany. London: for A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1789. 2 volumes, 8°. (Both titles browned at edges, R2r of vol. II soiled at lower margin, blue mark to 2A3v, thumb soiling in both volumes.) Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked, corners restored, new endpapers). FIRST EDITION. Pine-Coffin 7845; Rothschild 1551.
Boswell entered Italy on 6 January 1765, visiting Corsica in October and November, and there conversing at length with General Pasquale de Paoli, leader of the Corsican rebels against the Genoese and French. Mrs Piozzi, formerly Mrs Thrale, toured the country between 1784 and 1786, setting out within three months of her marriage to Gabriel Piozzi, her daughters' music master who was an Italian Catholic from the Veneto. She called it "a sink of sin; and whoever lives long in it, must be a little tainted," yet she expected to regret leaving Venice and Milan "for all the pleasure of which two places I can think of nothing in London that is to make me amends; excepting a muffin in the morning, and Mrs Siddons at night." (3)