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SMITH, John (1749--1831)
Select views in Italy, with topographical and historical descriptions in English and French. Vol. I. (II.)
London: printed by T. Chapman, for John Smith, William Byrne, and John Emes, 1792. (1796).
2 vols ; 25.8 X 35.6 cm. (oblong 2°)
I: [152] p., engr. dedic., engr. map, 36 pl.
II: [76] p., 37--72 [i.e. 36] pl.

Anonymous; the engraved dedication to the Queen is signed: John Smith. Volume II has imprint: London: printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for J. Smith, W. Byrne, and J. Edwards, 1796. According to a prospectus dated 1 December 1791 (ESTC t197076), the work was to be issued in 10 numbers. Text in English and French. Each plate in the first volume is accompanied by two leaves of text, one in English and one in French; in the second volume, each plate is accompanied by a single leaf with the text in the two languages printed on facing pages. ESTC t147454.

Copy Notes Bound in one volume (upright). With the 'Index; Or Reference To the Plates.', intended to be placed after the introduction, misbound at the end.

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt-ruled borders with small corner tools, gilt double-ruled and lettered spine, russia inner joints, marbled edges to match the endpapers. Bound by Peter Low for £1 2s. 6d., 1806 (payment on 17 January 1807). (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 4274


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