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LASSELS, Richard (1603?--1668)
The voyage of Italy, or a compleat journey through Italy. In two parts. With the characters of the people, and the description of the chief towns, churches, monasteries, tombs, libraries, pallaces, villas, gardens, pictures, statues, and antiquities. As also of the interest, government, riches, force, &c. of all the princes. With instructions concerning travel. By Richard Lassels, Gent. who travelled through Italy five times as tutor to several of the English nobility and gentry. Never before extant.

Newly printed at Paris and are to be sold in London, by John Starkey, 1670.
[44], 251, [5], 3--192, 195--447, [5] p., add. engr. t.-pl. ; 14.7 cm. (12º)

This edition of Lassel's guide to the grand tour was printed on the continent, with all signings with roman numerals; another edition (q.v.) appears from compositorial practice to have been printed in England. In this edition the type is reset with variant spellings and some errors in pagination corrected. Leaves L12 and 2T11 are blank. Part I has an added engraved title-plate. Part II has separate dated title-page, with imprint 'Printed at Paris by Vincent du Moutier' and separate pagination and register. Wing L465; ESTC r2418; A. Wilton and I. Bignamini (eds.), Grand tour: the lure of Italy in the eighteenth century, exh. cat. Tate Gallery (London 1996), cat. no. 51.

Copy Notes Lacking the final blank leaf called for by ESTC (not counted in the collation here). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane and on title-page JB. Inscribed in pencil on front pastedown 3/-. Inscribed in ink on title-plate 5.sh.

Binding C18th half sprinkled calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-rule spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2599


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