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Auction: Auction 02.06.1998
was auctioned on: 2 June 1998
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SMYTH, Captain William Henry, R.N.. Memoir Descriptive of the Resources, Inhabitants, and Hydrography, of Sicily and Its Islands . London: John Murray, 1824. 4° (278 x220mm). Folding engraved frontispiece map. 13 aquatint plates. (Lacking half title,...

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Estimate: £400 - £600
ca. US$660 - US$990
Price realised:  £862
ca. US$1,422
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SMYTH, Captain William Henry R.N.. Memoir Descriptive of the Resources, Inhabitants, and Hydrography, of Sicily and Its Islands . London: John Murray 1824. 4° (278 x220mm). Folding engraved frontispiece map. 13 aquatint plates. (Lacking half title, light spotting to a few plates.) Modern calf-backed marbled boards, untrimmed. FIRST EDITION. The author was made a naval commander in 1815, and the above work is the result of the survey he was appointed to make of the coats of Sicily and adjacent shores of Italy and Africa. Abbey Travel 263; Pine-Coffin 821 3. -- George RUSSELL. A Tour through Sicily in the year 1815 . London: for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1819. 8°. 7 engraved maps and plans, three folding. 10 hand-coloured aquatint plates (Maps spotted. Light spotting and occasional soiling to text.) Contemporary cream calf, panelled in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers and edges (rather rubbed and scuffed, lettering-piece torn with loss of one character). FIRST EDITION. Abbey Travel 261; Pine-Coffin 815 3. -- An Exact Description of the Island and Kingdom of Sicily , translated from the French by D. Macnab. Falkirk: by Patrick Mair, 1784. 8° in 4's. (Oxydisation to upper outer corners, segment torn from upper margin of title.) Modern boards backed in blue calf, untrimmed. FIRST EDITION. RARE. Translated from Pierre d'Avity's Le Monde, ou La déscription générale de ses quatre parties . With 4 other works on Sicily. (7)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 02.06.1998
Date of the auction: 2 Jun 1998
Address: Christie's
London, South Kensington