London, South Kensington
2 June 1998
SWINBURNE, Henry. Travels in the Two Sicilies ... in the years 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780, London: for P. Elmsly, 1783-85, 4°.
2 volumes, 4°. Folding engraved map (slightly torn at inner margin), folding genealogical table, 22 engraved plates and maps, including folding view of Porto Longone in volume I, and large folding views of Palermo and Messina in volume II. Leaf of "Directions for placing the plates" at end of volume I (Heavy spotting to plates in vol. I, one plate also detached, offsetting to both plates and text, piece torn from lower margin of 2B2 in vol. II.) Contemporary speckled calf with contrasting morocco lettering-pieces (joints slightly cracked and rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. Swinburne's Travels was largely derived from excursions made from Naples with his fellow Catholic, Sir Thomas Gascoine, in 1777, the most ambitious being to Taranto and Regio in May. Ingamells p. 917 "A comprehesive history and travel guide"; Lowndes VI, 2562; Pine-Coffin 7773. (2)
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