A very accomplished series of watercolour views of Naples, its attractions, and its environs in the early years of the nineteenth century. With bright and fresh colours. Possibly produced as a luxurious souvenir for someone on the Grand Tour.
The views include numerous detailed landscape scenes of Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Pozzuoli and towards the end striking views of the “erupzione” of Mount Vesuvius through the centuries.
Oblong 4to (23 x 17 cm); fifty original watercolours (2 per page), all mounted on dark grey paper, each watercolour captioned, (image size: 11 x 7 cm); decorated endpapers, ownership stamp on front and rear blank pages; bound in a contemporary green morocco, embellished with floral motifs in relief, gilt ruled and decorated with small gilt motifs, on front cover a central watercolour of a still-life mounted behind glass, surrounded by brass frame, floral brass clasp, housed in original brown paper slipcase; an excellent copy.
Stock ID: 99461