[BECKFORD, William]. Recollections of An Excursion To The Monasteries of Alcobaça And Batalha. By The Author Of "Vathek". London, Richard Bentley, 1835.
8vo. Original publisher's boards with printed label on spine, entirely uncut; pp. xi, 228, fine engraved portrait frontispiece; hinges re-inforced, marking to boards, wax spot to upper outer corner from front paste down to portrait, slight marginal dusting and occasional spotting, lower endpaper removed, otherwise a good copy with contemporary Bath bookseller's label inside ftont cover.
First edition, in the rarely seen publisher's binding. William Beckford had visited Portugal, his favourite European country, in 1794 to 1796. This work is the narrative of a twelve day ramble in Estremadura, where he visited both monasteries, the architecture of which influenced the design of Fonthill Abbey.