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FORTIS, Giovanni Battista (1741--1803)
[Viaggio in Dalmazia. English. 1778]
Travels into Dalmatia; containing general observations on the natural history of that country and the neighbouring islands; the natural productions, arts, manners and customs of the inhabitants: in a series of letters from Abbe Alberto Fortis, to the Earl of Bute, the Bishop of Londonderry, John Strange, Esq. ... To which are added by the same author, observations on the island of Cherso and Osero. Translated from the Italian under the author's inspection. With an appendix and other considerable additions, never before printed. Illustrated with twenty copper plates.
London: printed for J. Robson, bookseller, 1778.
[2], x, 584 p., [18] pl. (14 fold., 2 maps) ; 24.5 cm. (4°)

With a dedication to the Earl of Bute. The Italian original was first published at Venice, 1774. The translation is anonymous. The 'Observations on the island of Cherso and Osero' first published at Venice, 1771. Also includes 'Iter Buda Hadrianopolim Anno MDLIII Exaratum Ab Antonio Verantio ... Nunc primum e Verantiano Carthophylacio in lucem editum', pp. [545]--584. The plates are captioned in Italian with English captions added. The author, born Giovanni Battista Fortis, taught at the University of Padua and this work is based on his travels in Dalmatia, then part of the Venetian republic, between 1771 and 1774. ESTC t139922.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title and 3 plates. Bought from Thomas Boone for 9s. on 16 July 1807. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in pencil by Boone on front free endpaper plates =9s= and in ink in an earlier hand 8/6.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2282


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