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Atkins, Sarah [Lucy Sarah Atkins Wilson].  Relics of antiquity, exhibited in the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, with an account of the destruction and recovery of those celebrated cities. New York: W.B. Gilley (pr. by Vanderpool & Cole), 1826. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.2"). [2], ix, [1], 143, [1] pp.; 6 plts.
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"Compiled from authentic sources; and intended for the use of young persons": a (fictionally) first-person narrative of a trip to the two ancient cities of the title, here in its => first and only U.S. edition following the London printing of the previous year. Atkins, author of a number of educational and religious works for children, drew on a number of previously published travelogues including Swinburne's Travels in the Two Sicilies and Forsyth's Tour through Italy.
        Each of the => six steel-engraved plates offers two views, re-engraved for this edition by Tucker from the London illustrations.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Shoemaker 27674. Contemporary plain paper–covered boards with green roan shelfback, spine with gilt-stamped title and ruled bands; moderate scuffing and rubbing overall, spine with spots of discoloration. Front pastedown with 19th-century Vermont institutional bookplate. Mild to moderate foxing, with some offsetting from plates. => A solid, pleasing copy of the sole American appearance, in its original binding.  (40550)   Please RESHELVE This.


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