london: Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars, 1846. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition, First Issue, with all correct points. Small 8vo. 269,  + 2 pages of advertisements at both front and rear. Vignette illustrations on wood by Samuel Palmer. Publisher's blind stamped blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Contemporary owner name; tiny stamp of the letter 'S' to ffep & lower title page; dampstain inside front board; minor wear to extremities else a near fine copy. Item #17418
A travelogue by Charles Dickens following his travels through France and Italy with his family. "...the author portrays a nation of great contrasts: grandiose buildings and urban desolation, and everyday life beside ancient monuments. But it is his encounters with Italy's colorful street life that capture the imagination. Dickens is particularly drawn to the costumes, cross-dressing, and sheer exuberance of the Roman carnival. From the book we learn that Dickens was an early riser and walker, and that he enjoyed touring the major attractions on foot." - wiki (Gimbel A98).