Sketches of Corsica; -or, a Journal Written during a Visit to that Island, in 1823. With an Outline of its History, and Specimens of the Language and Poetry of the People.
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster Row. MDCCCXXV. [1825.]
Book, first edition, 8vo (210 x 130mm, 8¼ x 5"), hand coloured aquatint and 4 sepia (including frontispiece), wood-engraved vignette titlepage, 195 pp. Contemporary brown calf with gilt border decoration and gilt stamped banded spine inscribed 'Bensons Corsica'. Spine and extremities of binding scuffed and rubbed. Spotting to plates, generally light, offsetting to coloured plate. Otherwise good.
Robert Benson (1797 - 1844), recorder of Salisbury, was the youngest son of the Rev. Edmund Benson, priest-vicar of Salisbury Cathedral, and was born in that city. In 1823 he went to Corsica as one of the commissioners to carry into effect the bequests of General Paoli, and on his return he published this book. Filippo Antonio Pasquale di Paoli (Pascal Paoli, 1725 – 1807), was a Corsican patriot and leader, the president of the Executive Council of the General Diet of the People of Corsica. Paoli designed and wrote the Constitution of this first democratic republic of the modern age himself. It was a representative democracy asserting that the elected Diet of Corsican representatives had no master.
Abbey Travel: 76.
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