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Book Number 2498 
Author James Boswell 
Title An Account of Corsica, The Journal of a Tour to that Island, and the Memoirs of Pascal Paoli. 
Date c. 1769. 
Publisher Edward and Charles Dilly 
Place of Publication London 
Edition Third edition.  
Volume Information Two parts in one volume. 
Cover Contemporary full calf rebacked expertly, spine in five compartments of raised bands, original morocco label on two.  
Illustration With two plates, being the engraved frontispiece portrait of Pascal Paoli (engraved by J. Lodge after Henry Bembridge), a large engraved folding map of Corsica. The title page includes an engraved coat of arms. 
Size 8vo 
Condition A very good copy. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. frontis, title, blank, (1), blank, v-xxx, (1), blank, 33-400. 
Reference Cox I:138. 
Translation Info  
Notes The first portion of the book is a detailed general history of the Island of Corsica and the second portion is a journal of Boswell experiences while he traveled the island. Cox I:138 writes that this work made Boswell famous. It is a lively account of his Quixotic adventures in Corsica and his associations with General Paoli, whom he later exhibited in London, and for whom he endeavored to get official British assistance. His childish pleasure in being the chief sponsor of this wild island struggling to become a nation led him to wear a Corsican costume at Garrick’s anniversary celebration in honor of Shakespeare held in 1769 at Stratford-on-Avon. Dr. Johnson praised his Tour in these words: ‘Your history is like other histories, but you Journal is in very high degree curious and delightful…Your History was copied from books; your Journal rose out of your own experience and observation.\\\\\\\' 
Price (US$) 1000  
Short Description Book Voyages General; Book Mediterranean 
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