23 MAY 1835, Page 18


BROCKEDON'S Road-Book from London to Naples, is not one of your cut and dry itineraries—a macadamized map printed in type that is scarcely readable on the road, and full of names and figures that convey little more information than may be gleaned from the mile-stones and hand-posts. It is a light, handsome, octavo volume, printed in a bold type, and interspersed with beau- tiful views and clear well-engraved maps of the route ; equally fit for the pocket of a travelling-carriage and the drawing-room table. Its matter, too, is as superior to the ordinary Guide-books as its appearance. Mr. BROCKEDON is a clever artist, an ex- perienced Continental tourist, and a well-informed man. His splendid work the Passes of the Alps is sufficient to vouch for him as an explorer of the beauties of nature in Italy ; his profes- sional accomplishments render him an intelligent cicerone to the wonders of art; and his experimental acquaintance with the various modes of travelling in this part of the world, the good sense evinced in his remarks on national customs, and his recom- mendations to travellers, complete his qualifications. The route sketched by Mr. BROCKEDON includes Paris, Lyons, the P.ss of Mont Cenis, Turin, Genoa, Lucca, Pisa, Leghorn, Florence, Rome, and Naples; but all other places along the route are alluded to. The number of posts between each place is noted ; and the various objects deserving the attention of the traveller are characterized ; but he is left to choose his own mode of journey- ing, as well as the expenditure of his time and money. This author does not, like Mrs. STARKE in her Guide to Travellers in Italy, supersede the use of local Guide-books; though he indi- cates the sights most worth seeing, and gives his own impression of them. The views, twenty-five in number, are mostly sketched by the author; though there are some by STANFIELD, LIN- TON, &c. They include the principal cities, and the most strik- ing points of scenery along the route. This work was commenced some time ago, in parts • but its periodical appearance was in- terrupted. It is now published in a complete form, and at a re- duced price; of which reduction, subscribers who wish to complete their sets will have the benefit.