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PREFACE.

“ITALY," observes Dean Berkley, in a letter to Pope, “is such an exhausted subject, that, I dare say, you would easily forgive my saying nothing about it's 'If such a remark was applicable in 1717, how much more must it be so now, when, as d’Israeli expresses it, “ Travels and Voyages have become a class of literature so fashionable, that we begin to dread the arrival of certain persons from the Continent!” but more especially from Italy. That a country so celebrated both in ancient and modern times, a country equally attractive to the antiquary, the painter, and the poet, would meet with many willing to undertake the task of describing it, rather than able to execute it properly, might well have been imagined. That some would fail from mere carelessness and inat

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