Publisher: Paris: Published by A. and W. Galignani, 1821.
Edition: First continental edition, issued at the same time as the London edition, priority not known.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; Robinson, pages 187-88; Pine-Coffin 819-14; NCBEL III, 754; ODNB.
Condition: Some light staining and foxing; binding slightly rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28319
Description3 vols, 12mo, contemporary smooth calf, black morocco spine labels, gilt rules, decorations and lettering. With half-titles.
CommentsEmboldened by the success of France, Lady Morgan traveled with her husband again, this time to Italy in the years 1819-1820. She produced a broad-ranging guide to the country, with historical notes, her usual egalitarian perspective, enthusiasms, and occasional comments intended to offend, such as referring to the King of Sardinia as the “King of Anchovies.” And like her earlier travelogue on France, Italy evoked praise and abuse. Byron wrote that it was “fearless and excellent,” but it was banned by the Pope and denounced by the King of Sardinia and the Emperor of Austria, who ruled several Italian states. Average Italian citizens, however, apparently liked it. Years later Mary Shelley wrote that Morgan’s Italy was “dear to Italians.” Armorial bookplate of Fred Campbell Stewart on the front paste-downs.
Status: On Hold