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Pictures from Italy. With Vignette Illustrations on Wood, by Samuel Palmer.
London: for the author by Bradbury & Evans, 1846 - Octavo (172 x 106 mm). Original blue fine-diaper cloth, gilt-lettered spine, covers and spine decoratively blocked in blind, pale yellow coated endpapers. Gift inscription dated 1846 to front free endpaper. Extremities very lightly bumped, spine darkened, and with a few small nicks at headcaps, cockling to cloth on rear board, free endpapers creased, contents toned, still a very good copy in the bright original cloth. Wood-engraved title page vignette and three other vignettes by Samuel Palmer. First edition of Dickens's second travel book. Dickens toured Italy between 1844 and 1845. "Clarkson Stanfield had agreed to illustrate the text for Dickens but, when he read those passages of the narrative in which Dickens satirises the excesses of Catholic devotion, he resigned from the project. Stanfield was himself a prominent English Catholic, after all, as Dickens knew, and he could scarcely be connected with a publication which treats his Church's ritual as little more than a parade of mummers As usual, [Dickens] went at once into action in order to find a substitute; fortunately and curiously, he chose a young artist who then had no real reputation, Samuel Palmer, whose wonderful illustrations are not the least of the merits of Pictures from Italy in its final state" (Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, 1990, pp. 491-92). The "young" Palmer was, in fact, forty-one at the time and had travelled to Italy with his wife in late 1837. Smith II 7. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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