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SCHOTT, Frans (1548--1622)
[Itinerarii Italiae rerumque Romanorum libri tres. English. 1660]
Italy, in its original glory, ruine and revival, being an exact survey of the whole geography, and history of that famous country; with the adjacent islands of Sicily Malta, &c. and whatever is remarkable in Rome (the mistress of the world) and all those towns and territories, mentioned in antient and modern authors. Translated out of the originals, for general satisfaction. By Edmund Warcupp, Esquire.
London: printed by S. Griffin, for H. Twyford, Tho. Dring, and I: Place, and are to be sold in Vine Court middle Temple, at the George in Fleetstreet, and at Furnevals Inne Gate in Holborn, 1660.
[16], 327, [1] p., add. engr. t.-pl., [2] fold. pl. ; 28.0 cm. (2º)

An English translation (from the Latin translation) of Frans Schott [Franciscus Schottus], Itinerarii Italiae rerumque Romanorum libri tres, originally compiled during 1599 for publication in 1600 as a guidebook for pilgrims to the jubilee celebrations in Rome. The 1601 edition, completely re-edited and augmented by Fra' Girolamo Gioannini da Capugnano, was the source for the description of Vicenza in Thomas Coryate's Crudities, 1611 (q.v.); see Edward Chaney, 'The Grand Tour and the evolution of the travel book', in A. Wilton and I. Bignamini (eds.), Grand tour: the lure of Italy in the eighteenth century, exh. cat. Tate Gallery (London 1996), pp. 95--97. Later editions were revised by the author's brother, the Jesuit historian Andreas Schott. The Soane copy has the [9] pages of errata at the end of the prelims; in some copies they are found at the end. ESTC r14486.

Copy Notes Verso of engraved title-plate lettered in ink with library shelfmark [or bookseller's price?]. Rear pastedown lettered in ink pn. Tipped onto the verso of the engraved title-plate is a leaf of early C19th paper inscribed in ink with 9 lines of verse in an unidentified hand: How soon alas! for in his early Bloom / In prime of Life he meets an earthly Tomb / As by the Number of his Days appears - / Which reach'd but just to one and Twenty years. / O! where's that stubborn Soul that can forbear / Hearing this loss and let fall a Tear -- // See how the just the virtuous and the strong / The beautiful, the Innocent, the young / Here in promiscuous Dust, together lie / Reflect on this. depart, and learn to Die. These can be identified with two epitaphs consecutively transcribed on pp. 250--251 of Thomas Caldwall's compilation A select collection of ancient and modern epitaphs, and inscriptions, 1796.

Binding C17th sheep, blind double-ruled borders with additional blind double rule parallel to spine, blind double-ruled spine, paper spine-label lettered in ink 'War[cupp] / Italiy / 1660'.

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