NAPLES AND THE CAMPAGNA FELICE. In a Series of Letters Addressed to a Friend in England, in 1802

NAPLES AND THE CAMPAGNA FELICE. In a Series of Letters Addressed to a Friend in England, in 1802

(London: R. Ackermann, 1815).

A WONDERFULLY ILLUSTRATED WORK BY ROWLANDSON AND OTHERS THAT FEATURES SEVERAL DELIGHTFUL CARICATURES ALONG WITH LOVELY SCENES AND VIEWS. Englebach's letters originally appeared in [Ackermann's] Repository of Arts, 1809 to 1813, under the title LETTERS FROM ITALY. The Repository printing did not include any of the wonderful illustrations except for the plan of Pompeii, which was first printed in 1810.
The author states; "The following Letters having been successively inserted in "Ackermann's Repository of Arts", under the title "Letters from Italy", the proprietor of that Miscellany, influenced, perhaps, by the opinion of partial judges, felt desirous of publishing them in a separate Volume. To this wish alone they owe their appearance in the present form..." It is a very pleasing thing that Ackermann decided to do just that. Item #30104

First edition thus, illustrated and in book form. Beautifully illustrated with 18 hand-coloured aquatints, these being a frontispiece scene, a wonderfully decorated extra title-page with a view of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, a colour fold-out map of the gulf of Naples and vicinity, colour map of Capri, colour plan of Pompeii and 13 wonderful hand-coloured plates of views and scenes, and with a few woodcuts within the text. Nine of the aquatint illustrations are by Thomas Rowlandson, the two maps and the plan are by I. Girtin. Tall 8vo, in very handsome antique binding of three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards, the back and corner-pieces gilt ruled, the spine with gilt decorated compartments featuring central gilt floral devices within a thistle cornered frame, the compartments separated by gilt tooled and stippled raised bands, one compartment gilt lettered. From the noteworthy library of Dr. George Fales Baker of Philadelphia with his impressive engraved bookplate on the front paste-down. vi, 400, [10, 1] pp. A very handsome and fresh copy of this impressive illustrated work, the text very clean and the plates quite bright, some very minor offsetting from the aquatints, a little minor and occasional light spotting, the binding sturdy, firm and tight, very attractive and well preserved with just a little evidence of age at the edges or extremities.

Price: $1,850.00