TENNANT, Robert. Sardinia and Its Resources
Rome and London: Libreria Spithover and Stanford, Charing Cross, 1885
FIRST EDITION. 4to; 311 pp.; 12 full page plates and 1 map. Very slight foxing and browning. Original pictorial blue cloth; gilt title and decoration on cover; gilt title on spine. Cover slightly worn. A fine copy.
Robert Tennant (1828-1900) was invited to be part of a commission that had the task of studying the economic situation of Sardinia in order to identify its actual, potential resources, He went “to all areas of the region, coming into direct contact with the provincial and municipal authorities, with the most important landowners, with traders” and had the opportunity to consult the public registers in all the municipalities. At the end of the investigation, Tennant, finding himself in possession of a large amount of data, decided to compose a book that was an opportunity to exploit the vast amount of material concerning history, life, traditions of the Sardinians that he collected during his travels.