DUPPA, Richard. Travels on the Continent, Sicily, and the Lipari Islands. Second Edition. London, printed by W. Nicol and published by Longman, Rees, Orme and Co., 1829.
Royal 8vo. Contemporary dark blue calf, rebacked, boards ruled in gilt; pp. x, 494, wood- and copper-engravings in the text, 15 engraved plates plus 6 in the appendix, light marking to boards, occasional spotting, more so to plates, name on title obliterated, a good copy of a scarce Grand Tour work; from the Charles Benson collection with bookplate inside front cover.
First edition thus, actually a much expanded and reworked combination of Miscellaneous Observations and Opinions on the Continent and Travels in Italy, Sicily and the Lipari Islands. The Shropshire writer, antiquary, natural historian and draughtsman Richard Duppa set out in 1796 'with the intention of making a grand tour, arriving in Rome in the spring of 1797. Most of his time was spent around Naples' (ODNB). However, 'this tour was made in the years 1822 and 1823' explains Duppa in the preface, where he hints at his earlier book based on this journey, which had gone up already in value due to its rarity. The present book is a very detailed travelogue with sharp antiquarian observations and finely etched plates by Finden. Duppa visited Vevey, the residence of Voltaire, then spends some time in Lombardy and Ravenna, before visiting Venice and Genoa on the way to Rome, Naples and Sicily.