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Italy, in its original Glory, Ruine and Revival, being an exact Survey of the whole Geography, and History of that famous County; with the adjacent Islands of Sicily, Malta, &c. And whatever is remarkable in Rome (the Mistress of the World) and all those Towns and Territories, mentioned in anitent and modern Authors. Translated out of the Originals, for general Satisfaction. By Edmund Warcupp, Esquire.
London, Printed by S. Griffin, for H. Twyford, Tho. Dring, and I: Place 1660. - Folio, pp. [8], 327, [9], with an additional engraved title-page (facing the title) and two double-page plates of aerial city plans and architectural views, mounted on stubs; old ink splashes to pp. 31 and 154-5, else a very good, crisp copy in contemporary blind-ruled calf, foot of spine defective.First edition, a translation of Schott's Itinerario d'Italia (first published 1600) by the magistrate Edmund Warcup. For the most part a faithful translation, it was the most important work on Italy in English between Raymond's Itinerary (1648) and Lassell's Voyage of Italy (1670). One original addition is a poem by Edmund Waller on the anatomist Joannes Vesling at Padua (p.'33', i.e. 36); his anatomy lectures were renowned throughout Europe, and were attended by, among others, John Evelyn. This is the first appearance in print of that poem, written in 1646. Waller's own copy of Italy was lot 299 in the 1832 sale of his library. 'Few details now survive of the early life of its author, but Warcup too was a traveller. A nephew of Speaker Lenthall, he went to Italy as a young man, he was secretary to the Parliamentary commissioners with Charles I on the Isle of Wight in the autumn of 1648 and, later on, well known as a Middlesex J. P.' (John Stoye, English Travellers Abroad 1604-1667). On the fringes of the court, he was briefly imprisoned in 1666 and removed from the magistracy. Schott (Franciscus Schottus, Francesco Scoto) of Antwerp, wrote his Itinerario as a guide for pilgrims in the jubilee year of 1600 and it became one of the most successful guidebooks of the day, with numerous editions and translations into Latin, French and English. The Amsterdam edition of 1655 was the first to include engravings.
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