[Val Ombrosa, on the Appenines.]
[London: J. White, c.1801.]
Sepia aquatint, proof before letters, with large margins, 185 x 245mm. 7¼ x 9¾". Captioned 'Vallombrosa' in ink by hand to lower margin; three-line quotation from Milton's Paradise Lost in the same hand to upper margin.
Vallombrosa is a Benedictine abbey in Tuscany, Italy, south-east of Florence; in the Apennines, it is surrounded by forests of beech and firs. It was founded by Giovanni Gualberto, a Florentine noble, in 1038 and became the mother house of the Vallumbrosan Order. After Cooper Willyams (1762 - 1816), for his 'A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty’s Ship the Swiftsure, one of the squadron under the command of Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, K.B. ... with a description of the battle of the Nile on the first of August 1798' (1802). Willyams served as chaplain of the Swiftsure. He was present at the Battle of the Nile and according to DNB his is 'the first, the most particular, and the most authentic account of the battle'.
See BL 210.i.5. Abbey Travel 196, 32.
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