[RAICEVICH, Sefano]. Osservazioni storiche-naturali, e politiche intorno la Valachia, e Moldavia. Naples, Gaetano Raimondi, 1788.
8vo. Original publisher's flexible paste-paper boards, with printed lettering-piece to spine, entirely uncut, as issued; pp. [4, the intial two blank], 328, folding engraved map; binding with a little wear, internally occasional and light toning or spotting; a very good copy in the original state; contemporary ownership inscription of Paolo Scaramuscio at foot of title.
First edition, very rare, with the map which is sometimes lacking, translated into German the following year and into French in 1822, this important book gives a thorough description of all aspects of what is nowadays mostly the south and east of Romania. The counsellor to Ferdinand IV of Naples of Slavonic origin deals with the natural history, agriculture, ehtnography, trade and taxation, political organization, military forces, diplomatic treatises with the Porte, Austria and Russia, including giving translations of diplomatic documents.
Melzi II, 298; IT\ICCU\BIAE\000174; COPAC locates copies at UCL, at Cambridge, Oxford and in the British Library.