Recollections of an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcobaca and Batalha

Beckford (William Thomas)

Recollections of an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcobaca and Batalha

Description: FIRST EDITION, engraved portrait frontispiece (offset onto title-page), slightly browned, pp. xi, 228, 8vo, contemporary half calf, rebacked, near contemporary ownership inscriptions on fly-leaf, good

Publication Details: Richard Bentley, 1835

Notes: Beckford's 'third residence in Portugal was undoubtedly the most important, as in June 1794 he visited the monastery churches of Alcobaça and Batalha, both north of Lisbon in the province of Estremadura. These two sites differed considerably. Alcobaça had been built by the Cistercians in the twelfth century in a style intermediate between Roman and Gothic. Batalha, built by the Dominicans in the late fourteenth century, was more massive and theatrical, reached, as Beckford's journey took him, across the plain of Aljubarrota, the field of a bloody battle in the fourteenth century. These two m...more

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Price: £300

Subject: Travel & Topography

Published Date: 1835

Stock Number: 55548

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