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Provenance: Edith and Bernhard Dohrmann (book plate on front pastedown), Moore S. Achenbach;
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
This book was first published serially as a series of entertaining sketches, Neapolitan views, maps, and copies after the antique to illustrate Colonel Lewis Engelbach's 'Letters from Italy' from 1809-1813. In this form it was published in Rudolph Ackerman's 'The Repository of Arts', but was later published as a book under the new title in 1815. The maps are not by Rowlandson. The views are presumably taken from engravings of scenes around Naples, as there is no evidence Rowlandson travelled to Naples himself.