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1830. Fore-edge painting of Venice Italy. Italy by Samuel Rogers. J.M.W. Turner.
Cadell, Strand & E. Moxon, London 1830 - A relative rarity, with the fore-edge painting reflecting the subject of the work, Italy. A beautiful, detailed, and exaggerated view of Venice decorates the gilt fore-edge when the pages are fanned (often fore-edge paintings are general in nature and do not reflect the text). In addition, the revered artist J.M.W. Turner illustrated many of the verses (engraved after his sketches). I also find engravings after Titian (Venice), Stothard and Prout. Samuel Rogers (1763 –1855) was an English poet, during his lifetime one of the most celebrated, although his fame has long since been eclipsed by his Romantic colleagues and friends Wordsworth, Coleridge and Byron. In 1814 Rogers made a tour on the Continent with his sister Sarah. He travelled through Switzerland to Italy, keeping a full diary of events and impressions, and had made his way to Naples when the news of Napoleon's escape from Elba obliged him to hurry home. Seven years later he returned to Italy, paying a visit to Byron and Shelley at Pisa. Out of the earlier of these tours arose his last and longest work, Italy. The first part was published anonymously in 1822; the second, with his name attached, in 1828. It was at first a failure, but Rogers was determined to make it a success. He enlarged and revised the poem, and commissioned illustrations from J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Stothard and Samuel Prout. These were engraved on steel in the sumptuous edition of 1830. The book then proved a great success, and Rogers followed it up with an equally sumptuous edition of his Poems (1834). This is the 1830 first edition, with illustrations from Turner, Stothard and Prout. Physical Attributes - Measures 20 x 13 x 3 cm. Leather with gilt and blind tooling, inner dentelles. All edges gilt (AEG). Fore-edge painting. Pages (1), viii, 284, (1). The fore-edge painting is looking across the water at St. Mark's square, with the Basilica's domes exagerated. To the left you can see the sculpture atop the Punta della Dogana. Condition - See pictures. Shelf wear with some rubbing at edges.Inside, the hinges have been strengthened and the repair is visible (Japanese paper) at the gutter. No writing in the text block, or tears. No tissue guards which causing occasional ghosting on facing page. Very occasional spots. Some bookseller notes on blank unpaginated front endpaper and recto of rear free endpaper. 650 grams [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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