Italy, by BECKFORD, William (1759-1844).

BECKFORD, William (1759-1844).

Italy, with Sketches of Spain and Portugal. By William Beckford, Esq. London, Richard Bentley, 1834.

First edition. Two volumes, 8vo (210 x 130 mm), pp. [iv], xvi, 371; xv, [i], 381, [1], text to both volumes browned in places, half-title and title of Vol. II almost detached, with the library stamp of the British Academy of Arts in Rome in both volumes, in contemporary full vellum, ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, inscribed ’Presented by Bertie Matthew Esq to the Library of the British Academy of Arts in Rome. 22nd April 1844’.

'Had it been published as intended in 1783, instead of as late as 1834 in a revised version under the title Italy, with Sketches of Spain and Portugal, it would have been hailed as an ice-breaker, preparing the way for the nineteenth century's stylistic eclecticism' (Timothy Mowl, William Beckford, Composing for Mozart, 1998, p. 92).

Chapman, Bibliography of William Beckford, p. 65.

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