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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 801 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels.

386.  An Itinerary of a Voyage through Italy, 1646, 1647.  By John Raymond. 1648. 12mo.

387.  Misson’s New Voyage to Italy, 1704. 4 vols. 8vo.—­This work is translated from the French; and contains the first general account of this country which appeared, but in many places incorrect and prejudiced.  Addison’s remarks on Italy are published with this edition of Misson; they are classical; and in fact a commentary made on the spot, on the descriptions of Virgil.  Subsequent travellers, however, in some places differ from him in opinion, and in others question his accuracy and judgment.

388.  Grosley’s Observations on Italy. 2 vols. 8vo.—­Chiefly political and anecdotal; in some parts of doubtful authority:  translated from the French.

389.  Sharp’s Letters on Italy. 1769. 4 vols. 8vo.—­Barretti’s Account of the Manners and Customs of Italy. 1770. 2 vols. 8vo.—­These works are noticed principally because they afford a curious and instructive proof of the very different views which may be taken of the same objects, according to the extent and accuracy of the knowledge, and the preconceived opinions and feelings of the observer.  Barretti’s work is certainly more accurate than that of Sharp, but in opposing him, he has sometimes gone into the opposite extreme:  from comparing both, perhaps the reality may often be extracted.  Manners and national character are their chief topics.

390.  View of Society and Manners in Italy.  By Dr. Moore, 1781. 2 vols. 8vo.—­The peculiar felicity of description and style with which this author paints manners, render these travels, as well as his others, extremely interesting.

391.  Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and other Volcanoes.  By Sir W. Hamilton.  Naples, 1776. 2 vols. folio.—­London, 1772. 8vo.

392.  Travels in the Two Sicilies.  By H. Swinburne, 1790. 4 vols. 8vo.

393.  Denon’s Travels in Sicily and Malta, translated from the French. 8vo.—­Denon, an artist, accompanied Swinburne in his excursions to the vicinity of Naples, and into Sicily.  These works are historical, geographical, and antiquarian, but heavily written.

394.  Spallanzani’s Travels in the Two Sicilies, and some parts of the Apennines, 1798. 4 vols. 8vo.—­Translated from the Italian.  Natural history forms the principal subject of these volumes, which are worthy of the author, who was esteemed one of the first natural historians of His age.

395.  Boisgelin’s Ancient and Modern Malta. 3 vols. 4to. translated from the French.—­Only the first part of this work is descriptive, and it certainly contains an interesting account of Malta and the Maltese; the rest of the work is historical.

396.  Brydon’s Tour through Sicily and Malta. 2 vols. 8vo. 1776.—­Liveliness of description of scenery and manners, couched in an easy and elegant style, has rendered these volumes extremely popular, notwithstanding they do not display much learning or knowledge, and are even sometimes superficial and inaccurate.

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