ITALY. MISSON, François-Maximilien. Nouveau Voyage D'Italie, Avec un Memoire contenant des avis utiles à ceux qui voudront faire le mesme voyage. Three volumes. , 339, ; 356, ; 414,  pp. With with 37 fold-out engraved plates, and 40 full-page engraved plates. 12mo., 170 x 110 mm, bound in contemporary full speckled brown calf, raised bands, spine stamped in gilt. The Hague: Henry van Bulderen, 1702.
Fourth Edition of Vols 1 & 2, Second Edition of Vol 3.
François-Maximilien Misson (ca. 1650-1722), a Protestant from Lyon, was forced to seek refuge with his family in England upon the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. His father became a minister within the Huguenot community of London, and Misson found employment as tutor to Charles Butler, later Earl of Arran. It was with his pupil that Misson undertook the Grand Tour of which he gave an account in this book. The two traveled to Italy via Rotterdam, Cologne, Munich and Innsbruck, crossing the Brenner Pass, then to Verona and Venice, visiting points of interest in and near Naples, making a long visit to Rome, and returning via Bologna, Milan, Genoa, Turin, Geneva, Strasbourg and Brussels. His work, in the form of a series of letters, describes every locale visited and is "resoundingly modern" in tone, containing an orderly account of "first-hand factual observations… augmented by the critical perspective of a protestant travelling through a Catholic country" (Oxford DNB). First published in 1691, translated into English in 1695, the work was hugely popular and was frequently reprinted with additions and enlargements.
The fine engraved plates show detailed and accurate views of the principal sites from the major Italian and other European cities, monuments, objects, animals and plants of local interest, and regional costumes. The third volume contains a "Memoire" for prospective tourists with sections on France, Flanders, and Vesuvius, an alphabetical index of cities, a guide to the principal fairs and markets in various European cities, and lists of most important luxury goods found in various Italian cities, with a blank folding plate for the reader's own additions.
Rossetti 7095. Fossati Bellani 363.
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