1805 · London
Sonnets and canzones by the legendary Portuguese poet and playwright, translated into English by Percy Clinton Sydney Smythe, Viscount Strangford, a notable Lusophile who served as a diplomat in Lisbon; the fourth edition.
Binding: Contemporary dark green straight-grain morocco, spine with gilt-stamped rules, rolls, and devices. Covers framed with a delicately curly gilt-rolled border; the center panels, within, accented by gilt-stamped corner fleurons. A bit of additional filigree in blind appears both within the rules of the gilt border and within the border on each center panel, to nice subtle effect. Gilt inner dentelles. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of John Allan Powell.
NSTC C355. Binding as above, leather rubbed at edges and joints, spine a bit dimmed. Bookplate as above, and front fly-leaf with inked inscription dated 1922. A few spots of foxing, pages otherwise clean. => A pretty and very English production, for this Portuguese poet. A charming volume. (Inventory #: 23077)