Letters from Italy, in the Years 1754 and 1755. by…

BOYLE, John, Earl of Cork and Orrery (1707-1762).
DUNCOMBE, John (1729-86).

Letters from Italy, in the Years 1754 and 1755. Published from the originals, with explanatory notes, by John Duncombe. London, White, 1773.

First Edition. 8vo, pp. [2], xlvi, 267, [1], with genealogy of the House of Medici on pp.265-66, engraved title vignette, all edges uncut, a little dusty, very minor and occasional spotting, bound in contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt-lettered morocco label (detaching) to spine, rubbed with some wear to corners and head and foot of spine, upper joint weakening, with the contemporary engraved armorial bookplate of J. Johnstone to front endpaper.

The first edition, in a contemporary binding, of this travelogue by John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork and 5th Earl of Orrery, friend of Swift, Pope and Dr Johnson. His letters, written in Italy in the years 1754-55, were edited posthumously by the poet and clergyman John Duncombe. They discuss Florence, Turin, Bologna, Pisa – with references to their history, culture and government, but also to noteworthy visitors such as Joseph Addison – as well as cities Boyle saw on his way to Italy including Lyon and Chambéry.

ESTC t83829.

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