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MURPHY (James). Travels in Portugal; through The Provinces of Entre Douro e Minho, Beira, Estremadura, and Alem-Tejo, In the Years 1789 and 1790. Consisting of Observations on Manners, Customs, Trade, Public Buildings, Arts, Antiquities, &c. of that Kingdom. By James Murphy, Architect. Illustrated with Plates.1795

London: Printed for A. Stahan, and T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, First edition, 4to (300 x 235 mm), xii, 311, [1]pp., 24 copper engravings, a good clean copy, cont. tree calf, gilt, upper joint starting, corners bumped, red morocco label to spine. Widely regarded as one of the best travel accounts of Portugal in the XVIII century. James Murphy (1750-1816) , an Irish architect who studied Moorish architecture at Cadiz, and also wrote on Arabian antiquities. He travelled to Portugal at the end of 1788 to make drawings of the church and monastery of Batalha, and he stayed in the country for some 7 years. He describes the towns and places visited as well as numerous monuments (including one with Arabic inscriptions), and all aspects of every day life including beekeeping. Provenance: From the library of the 5th Earl of Lovelace with the "Ben Damoh Forest Library" stamp to endpaper. Cox I, p. 165.

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