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DILLON, John Talbot.

Travels Through Spain...

with a view to illustrate the Natural History and Physical Geography of that Kingdom, in a Series of Letters. Interspersed with Historical Anecdotes; adorned with copper-plates and a new map of Spain; written in the course of a late tour through that Kingdom. The second edition, with improvements and corrections.

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Published: London R. Baldwin, 1782

Stock Code: 133535

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


Second London edition, third overall, of Dillon's earliest work which was first published in 1780 in London, and the following year in Dublin.
John Talbot Dillon (1734-1806) was a traveller and historian. He was also "clearly proud to be a baron of the Holy Roman empirea title conferred on his father, Francis, and passed down on his death in 1767since it is emblazoned on the title-page of his first publication the present work. The preface makes clear that the Travels are the fruit of three separate visits to Spain. Much of the text is lifted (and acknowledged as such) from the Introduction to the Natural History and Physical Geography of Spain by William Bowles, published in Spanish at Madrid in 1775. Dillon weaves his own commentary and itinerary into Bowles's account and he also incorporates some of the observations of Don Antonio Ponz, secretary of the Royal Academy of San Fernando. The resulting work offered one of the most complete pictures of Spain then available to the British reading public and it was favourably reviewed, although its focus on natural history and antiquity made it old-fashioned at a time when travelogues were increasingly concerned with politics and cultural anthropology" (ODNB).
A handsome copy in unrestored contemporary condition.

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Quarto (291 x 227 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, title in gilt on black calf label to spine, floral motifs and decorative bands in gilt on spine, raised bands, decorative floral roll in gilt on boards, speckled edges, marbled endpapers.


Engraved frontispiece and dedication leaf, 1 engraved folding map, 6 engraved plates of which 2 folding, and an engraved vignette at the end.


Minor wear to tips, occasional light finger-soiling and toning, marginal paper flaw to M4; an attractive and well preserved copy.


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