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Travels through Spain, in the Years 1775 and 1776 - SWINBURNE, Henry - 1779. [1203249]
London: P. Elmsly,, 1779. In which Several Monuments of Roman and Moorish Architecture are illustrated by Accurate Drawings taken on the Spot. Quarto (283 × 220 mm). Near contemporary half calf, marbled boards, black morocco label, flat spine, compartments formed by a triple gilt fillets framed by an alternating lozenge and star roll in blind, attractive floral device within, edges marbled. Folding engraved map and 18 plates after Swinburne's sketches, 5 of them folding, half of the plates, including one folding, were etched by Swinburne himself. A little rubbed on the boards, light browning, scattered light foxing, and occasional off-setting from the plates, small paper patch to ix, no loss of text, a very good copy. First edition. Freed by a large inheritance in 1763, Swinburne spent much of his life in travelling. In the present work "an exact investigation of the soil, cultivation, government, commerce, and manners of Spain, was to be the grand primary object; but what I was more confident of my strength in, and what I own I found more suitable to my inclinations, was the study of its antiquities, especially the Moorish ? The travels through Spain that have appeared in print, are either old and obsolete, consequently in many respects unfit to convey a proper idea of its present state ?" (Preface). Swinburne's publications have been commended for their "simplicity and the lack of affectation" and it has been noted that "he was one of the first to relish travel for its own sake" (ODNB). His direct narrative is much enhanced by plates which are particularly noteworthy for the excellence and accuracy of architectural detail, half of them having been etched by Swinburne himself. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst, who inherited and improved a successful group of retail pharmacies, John Hayhurst & Son, based in Nelson, Lancashire, and was a keen naval historian, and collector of eighteenth century literature in contemporary bindings in fine condition; "Mr. R. J. Hayhurst believes that most pharmacists neglect one of their most valuable assets ? the tradition and dignity of the pharmacy. His historical sense, indeed, is no narrow one, for his feeling for the past reveals itself also in his hobbies. A collector of books, in a delightful room at his home, white-painted bookshelves stacked high on all the available wall space show to advantage the hand-tooled leather bindings of a collection that has been acquired slowly and with discrimination over the years" (The Chemist and Druggist, 7 September , 1957).
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