With Vignette Illustrations on Wood by Samuel Palmer. London: Published for the Author by Bradbury & Evans, 1846. 2 pp undated preliminary ads plus 2 pp undated ads. Original blue cloth.
First Edition of Dickens's account of his 1844 tour of Italy.~His description of the coaching trips which took him from place to place for five months is full of wonderful observations of his fellow-men... His account of a public execution in Rome is remarkable -- his emotional reaction is held firmly in control but revulsion at the whole proceeding is implicit in every line. [CGEL]~Smith cites bindings both of fine-diaper cloth and of horizontally-ribbed cloth (no priority -- see his Note 3); there are also copies in vertically-ribbed cloth. This copy is in horizontally-ribbed cloth, and is in near-fine condition (volume slightly aslant, front endpaper slightly cracked, one small front-cover spot). PICTURES FROM ITALY used to be rather common, but attractive copies such as this are becoming increasingly scarce. Smith II pp 44-58. Item #11810