James B. Cockburn - A Voyage To Cadiz And Gibraltar, Up The Mediterranean To Sicily And Malta, In 1810, & 1811 - 1815

James B. Cockburn - A Voyage To Cadiz And Gibraltar, Up The Mediterranean To Sicily And Malta, In 1810, & 1811 - 1815
Literature, Travels - Quantity: 2

Coeval full Havana-coloured leather binding, printed in gold; fillet pane on the plates; spine with four raised bands, with shortened title and author, decorated with cross friezes in fillets and round, alternated with spiral friezes; coat of arms of Lord Blayney on the edges. Engraved cover page - XIV - (2 blank) - (8) - 447; engraved cover page - VII - (1 blank) - 363 poorly numbered pages (in the first volume, pages *1 and *2 are placed between pages 2 and 3). Text in English. On the two cover pages, aquatint vignette on copper matrix, printed in black: the one in the first volume depicts the coast of Tindari, the one of the second volume Ceuta; at the end of the two volumes there is an etched vignette: the first one with a view of Gibraltar, the second one with the Greek temple of Girgenti (today’s Agrigento). 29 tipped-in engraved plates (18 in the first volume, 11 in the second one), of which 23 aquatints printed in several colours, with landscapes and views of the places described in the text: in the first one Fort Gonzago (p. 102); Bird's Eye View of Messina (p. 110); Scylla (p. 115); Scaletta (p. 124); The Great Crater of Mount Etna (p. 137); View of Etna, from he Biscaris Garden (p. 162); View of Catania and Etna from the Sea (p. 174) Taorminum, with a distant View of Etna (p. 252); Fort and Pass at St. Alessio [...] (p. 254); Castle of Lipari (p.278); View of Volcano from the Bath of Lipary (p. 291); Winter view of Etna by Moonblight (p. 309); Rometta (p. 324); Convent of St. Martin (p. 408); in the second volume, Monte Pellegrino (p. 16), Temple of Segesta (p. 16); Gergenti (p. 55); Cape St.Vincent (p. 132); Cintra (p. 160), Distant View of Etna (p. 275), Murat's Camp and Flotilla (p. 310), Stromboli (p. 331), View of Castiglione from Franca Villa (p. 354). 6 etched plates with topographic images and maps: in the first volume The Map of Streights of Messina (p. 70, on a sheet folded several times); Sketches of the Topography of Etna and Lingua Grossa (p. 327); Outline of the Country at Taorminum and Mola (p. 247); Sketch representing the Profile View of Scaletta, and Volcano (p. 257); in the second volume Map of Sicily (on a sheet folded several times, before the cover page); Plan of the Battle of Franca Villa (on a sheet folded several times, with coeval addition of multi-coloured watercolour). The work, consisting of two volumes, excellently illustrated and in its original edition, is an important report of a journey made by a British military between 1810 and 1811 to various places in southern Europe (Cadiz, Gibraltar, Sicily and Lipari Islands, Malta) with an excursion to Portugal. The iconographic apparatus, of remarkable engraving sophistication and picturesque charm, concerns for the most part Sicily. In good condition; wear and some defects to the spine of the bindings; limited oxidation inside.

Lot details
Number of Books
Literature, Travels
Author/ Illustrator
James B. Cockburn
Book Title
A Voyage To Cadiz And Gibraltar, Up The Mediterranean To Sicily And Malta, In 1810, & 1811
Publication year oldest item
Illustrated Edition
Original language
Binding/ Material
215×136 mm
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