Publisher: Paris: Newly Printed at Paris and to be sold in London by John Starkey, 1670.
Edition: First edition, second issue with the variant imprint on the title of volume 1. Wing describes this as an edition; Pine-Coffin as a variant. The collations of the two issues are identical.
Bibliographical References: Pine-Coffin, Bibliography of British and American Travel in Italy, 635; Wing L-465.
Condition: A few smudges and light stains in the text and on the edges; very good copy.
Book ID: 28143
Description12mo, 2 volumes in 1, 17th century calf restored by Philip Dusel, gilt lettering. Engraved title.
Comments¶ A seminal travel guide to Italy rich in detail about architecture, art, and all the important Italian cities and towns by Catholic priest Richard Lassels (1603-1668), who toured there several times between 1635 and 1665 as a tutor and governor for young English men and women. Lassels’ account “became the standard guidebook to Italy . . . and the model for a generation of tourists. Not only did Lassels coin the term ‘the Grand Tour’ to describe these travels, but he also did much to establish the standard itineraries and the focus on connoisseurship which characterized the great age of the Grand Tour in the eighteenth century” - John Marciari, The Grand Tour, Beinecke Library, 1998.