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Hamilton, Sir William
CAMPI PHLEGRAEI. OBSERVATIONS ON THE VOLCANOS OF THE TWO SICILIES AS THEY HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON [SUPPLEMENT TO THE CAMPI PHLEGRAEI BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT ERUPTION OF MOUNT VESUVIUS IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST 1779]. NAPLES: [FOR PIETRO FABRIS], 1776-1779
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Hamilton, Sir William
CAMPI PHLEGRAEI. OBSERVATIONS ON THE VOLCANOS OF THE TWO SICILIES AS THEY HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON [SUPPLEMENT TO THE CAMPI PHLEGRAEI BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT ERUPTION OF MOUNT VESUVIUS IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST 1779]. NAPLES: [FOR PIETRO FABRIS], 1776-1779
Estimate
35,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 GBP
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Hamilton, Sir William
CAMPI PHLEGRAEI. OBSERVATIONS ON THE VOLCANOS OF THE TWO SICILIES AS THEY HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON [SUPPLEMENT TO THE CAMPI PHLEGRAEI BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT ERUPTION OF MOUNT VESUVIUS IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST 1779]. NAPLES: [FOR PIETRO FABRIS], 1776-1779
FIRST EDITION, folio (451 x 313mm.), parallel text in English and French, engraved additional title with hand-coloured aquatint vignette, double-page hand-coloured engraved map of the Bay of Naples, 59 hand-coloured engraved plates, the illustrations to the first part framed in black with a grey wash over the borders, CONTEMPORARY GREEN STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO GILT, spine in compartments with raised bands gilt, gilt edges, supplement without title, text and licence leaf (but with explanations of the text), extremities slightly rubbed
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Provenance

Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt. (1752-1829), armorial bookplate

Catalogue Note

A HANDSOME COPY. Sir William Hamilton, antiquary and art collector, developed an interest in volcanoes while living in Naples as a British diplomat to the Spanish court. He was also an amateur scientist, having become a member of the Royal Society in 1766, to which he submitted many detailed and technical observations of volcanic activity around Naples and in Sicily, some of which are reproduced here. This lavish production, with illustrations by Pietro Fabris, details not only views of erupting volcanoes but also depicts volcanic rocks and landscapes, in particular those affected by the earthquakes and eruptions of the 1760s and 1770s, witnessed by Hamilton in the manner of a modern Pliny. Hamilton presented his collection of minerals and volcanic stone to the British Museum in 1767.

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