Publisher: London Printed for W. Russel, 1750.
Edition: Second edition, with substantial editions: the entire contents of the second volume, as well as eight of the the plates, are new to this edition. The first edition, comprised of the first volume, was published in 1748.
Bibliographical References: Pine-Coffin, British and American Travel to Italy, 740: and see A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, compiled by John Ingamells (Yale University Press, 1997).
Condition: Some light foxing and wear; slight worming in three signatures of volume one, without loss; very good copy.
Book ID: 27197
Description2 vols, 4to, contemporary calf rebacked, red morocco labels, gilt rules and lettering. 13 plates (nine folding) and two vignettes of Roman coins.
Comments¶ The informative letters of James Russel (1720-1763), a young and learned Englishman who lived in Italy 1740-1763, where he copied master paintings, dealt in antiquities, gave tours to visiting British travelers, and closely observed his surroundings, which he writes about in entertaining style. The letters discuss other famous travelers of the time as they pass through Rome, current Roman events (including a poem on the death of one Pope and election of another), classical quotations translated, copies of inscriptions; and they generally function as an erudite travel guide. The letters are mostly written to Russel's father, Richard Russel (1685-1756), the noted editor of the Grub Street Journal, who also published them.