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NEW GUIDE OF ROME, NAPLES AND THEIR ENVIRONS FROM THE ITALIAN OF VASI AND NIBBY. CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE MONUMENTS, ANTIQUITIES, GALLERIES, CHURCHES AND CURIOSITIES OF BOTH CAPITALS, THE JOURNEY OF MONTE CASSINO AND THE PONTINE MARSHES

By Vasi, [Mariano] and [Antonio] Nibby

Monaldini, 1841. Hardcover. Very Good. First English language edition. 8vo. Full vellum, title gilt on red morocco onlay. xxxvi, 222; 74 pp. (Guide to Naples with separate title page.) Illustrated with 25 engraved plates, and one folding map at rear. Light soiling to exterior, with some small stains to rear board. Slight loss to one corner of the title label; impression from author label present but label itself lacking. Light to moderate foxing throughout. Occasional penciled marginalia, with pencil notes to rear free endpaper. Map has two tears (one about three inches, the other an inch) where it is attached at rear. Very good.

$500.00

POLYNESIAN RESEARCHES DURING A RESIDENCE OF NEARLY EIGHT YEARS IN THE SOCIETY AND SANDWICH ISLANDS

By Ellis, William

Henry G. Bohn, 1859. Hardcover. A new edition, enlarged and improved. 12mo. Panel-stamped cloth. 4 volumes. xvi, 414; viii, 438; viii, 407; viii, 496. Engraved title-pages, 16 wood engravings, 6 plates, and 3 foldout maps. Spines toned to brown, extremities rubbed. Generally a very bright interior with only occasional foxing. All volumes have bookplates at front. There is a tear to pages 149/150 in volume III; very slight vermiculation to front joint and hinge of volume IV; a 1 cm tear to its rear hinge; and volume IV's frontispiece and engraved title-page are dampstained. Overall very good.

$750.00

COSAS DE ESPANA: ILLUSTRATIVE OF SPAIN AND THE SPANIARDS AS THEY ARE

By Byrne, Mrs. Wm. Pitt

Alexander Strahan, 1866. Hardcover. 8vo. Half-leather over marbled paper-covered boards. xl, 270; vi, 332 pp. 30 b&w illustrations (15 per volume). Both volumes rebound in half brown morocco leather over marbled paper-covered boards, five raised bands, each compartment gilt ruled at top and bottom, title in gilt on black spine label in second compartment from top, volume number in gilt in fourth compartment from top, publication date in gilt at bottom of sixth compartment from top, with extra gilt rule above date, decorative tooling in remaining compartments and on raised bands, blind triple-rule separating leather from paper on front and rear boards. Foxing to first and last 4 pages of each volume, very slight occasional foxing to a few other leaves within the text. Overall very good plus.

$750.00

TRAVELS IN UPPER AND LOWER EGYPT UNDERTAKEN BY ORDER OF THE OLD GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE

By Sonnini, C(harles) S(igisbert)

Printed for J. Debrett, 1800. Hardcover. First quarto edition. Quarto. Recent quarter calf over marbled boards. Title and author gilt-stamped on maroon onlays, other compartments decoratively gilt-tooled. xl, 730, [12], [1], [1]. One frontispiece and twenty-eight engravings. Half-title, frontispiece, and all plates heavily damp stained. There is also light to moderate foxing of these pages, as well as light bleedthrough. Other pages remarkably bright and clean inside, with three damp stains appearing to the text edges. The margins of the book have been cut, but portions of three leaves have been cut and folded over to preserve some rather interesting marginal notes made by a previous owner. A fine binding, very good plus text, and good plates. Sonnini travelled though Egypt between 1777 and 1778 by order of Count Buffon. He comments particularly on matters of natural history, but also discusses local customs and antiquaria.

$850.00