The first of Lear’s travel books. Beginning in 1837 Lear spent several winters in Italy. “Views of Rome” records his first impressions of the land that was to become a second home to him. In these panoramic lithographs he is more concerned with the dramatic scenery around Rome than with the Holy City itself. Their freshness and size combine to make them his most successful topographical prints.
Publication: M’Lean, London, 1841
Description and Bibliographical references: First edition. folio. Lithograph title, list of subjects, 25 lithographed plates, original red morocco-backed green moiré boards lettered in gilt to spine and upper cover, spine and joints rubbed, occasional light spotting, a very good example.
Ray 91; Abbey Travel 183.
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