Viaggio al Surinam e nell’interno della Guiana. John Gabriel Stedman. Milano, Giambattista Sonzogno, 1818.
Four volumes. 12mo. Lithographed portret of Stedman and 16 engraved plates (handcoloured) and a map of Guiana.
This rare Italian edition was purchased from an antiquarian bookseller in Trento, Italy. Usually the Italian edition is found in a paper binding, and rarely the plates are present. The colouring of this edition is very bright and vivid.
The Italian edition is, together with the Swedish edition, one of the rarest Stedmans. Because of the nice coloured etchings the Italian Stedman is almost never found complete. Richard Price wrote about the Italian edition: ‘the redrawn body proportions and clothing, as well as colours chosen, often suggest to us southern Italian peasants as much as scenes from Suriname’ (1988).