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MURRAY, John

Spain. Handbook for Spain,

and Readers at Home. Describing the Country and Cities, the Natives and their Manners; the Antiquities, Religion, Legends, Fine Arts, Literature, Sports, and Gastronomy: with notices on Spanish History.

Stock Code
103233
John Murray, London1845
£650

This is the first of three editions written by Richard Ford.

Ford's work on Spain is considered to be one the great works on Spain. In Ford's obituary in the Times commonly attributed to Sir W. Stirling Maxwell ' so great a literary achievement had never before been performed under so humble a title; ' Richard Ford spent four years in Spain acquiring his extraordinary knowledge of the country by a series of long riding tours, (1830-1834). He went to live in Spain because of his wife's health. For 3 years he wintered in Seville and lived in the Alhambra in the summer(1830-4). He immersed himself in the Spanish way of life and wrote in such detail that Murray's later editions of this title had to be abridged.

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Description

First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, xii, vi. 556-1064pp, 24pp adverts on blue paper, one (of two) folding linen-backed maps (lacks map in vol II), wormholes in the margins of the map in vol I, lacks front free endpaper; restored preserving most of the publisher's brown cloth gilt, ( vol II cloth darker); a good solid copy.

Bibliography

Lister 176.

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