A Tour Through Sicily and Malta.
In a series of letters to William Beckford, Esq. of Somerly in Suffolk. In two volumes.London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773 Stock Code: 142419
First edition. "During the summer of 1770 Brydone travelled from Naples to Sicily and Malta in the company of the seventeen-year-old William Fullarton (later colonel and commissioner of Trinidad), a friend named Glover, and several servants. At this time Sicily was virtually unknown to British travellers. Brydone's record of the journey was published in 1773 as A Tour Through Sicily and Malta... The work met with critical acclaim and the vulcanological and electrical observations it contained earned Brydone election to the Royal Society in 1773" (ODNB).
2 volumes, octavo (209 x 127 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, twin red and green morocco labels, spines gilt in compartments, red speckled edges.
Woodcut illustration of Chaldaen inscription to vol. II pp. 210-211.
Contemporary bookplate of Henry J. B. Clements, early shelf note, and book label of Charles Ballantyne to each front pastedown. Extremities worn, calf split along joints of vol. I and peeling but cords holding, contents with occasional type offsetting otherwise clean and complete with half-titles and errata, minor repair to half-title of vol. II; a good copy.
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