SOUTHEY, Robert.

Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.

Bristol: by Biggs and Cottle for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1799 Stock Code: 116531
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Second edition of Southey's first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. "He visited Madrid, but spent most of his time in and around Lisbon. He obtained a good grounding in both Spanish and Portuguese, but was repelled by his encounter with the Roman Catholic church, a repulsion that proved permanent. In spite of this, and his disgust at the lack of cleanliness that he encountered, Southey enjoyed himself on this visit, an enjoyment manifest in Letters Written during a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal (1797), a miscellany of verse and prose which proved quite popular and soon went into a second edition" (ODNB).

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Octavo (211 x 125 mm). Contemporary tree sheep, smooth spine gilt-ruled in compartments, red morocco label, beaded roll gilt to board-edges. With 4 cancels inserted between sigs. L8 and M1, the pagination continuous (pp. 177-184) before recommencing at p. 177 in sig. M1r.


Headcap supplied in sympathetic facsmile, some very light stripping and a small superficial hole to the front board, a few trivial marks to contents, old repair to closed tear at fore edge of L7 and bottom edge of sig. 2A1, small chip to lower outer corner of sig. M1, the text never affected. A very good copy in a bright and very well preserved contemporary binding.


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