CARNE'S RICHLY ILLUSTRATED TRAVELS TO THE MIDDLE EAST
(MIDDLE EAST) CARNE, John. Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c. Illustrated. London: Fisher, Son, (1836-38). Three volumes. Quarto, contemporary three-quarter burgundy straight-grain morocco gilt, marbled boards, endpapers and edges. $2800.
First edition of Carne's chronicle of his travels throughout the Middle East, illustrated with 117 full-page steel-engraved views after William H. Bartlett, Thomas Allom and others, and two engraved maps.
"Carne resolved to visit the holy places, and accordingly left England on 26 March 1821. He visited Constantinople, Greece, the Levant, Egypt, and Palestine… His talents for society brought him into familiar intercourse with Scott, Southey… and other distinguished men of letters" (DNB). Noted landscape and scenic illustrator Bartlett traveled all over Europe, the Middle East, and North America, collaborating with a number of writers on illustrated travel books. The steel-engraved plates in Carne's work include views of mosques, churches, monasteries and synagogues, along with images of Damascus, Tarsus, Antioch, Jaffa, Alexandria, Tripoli, Jerusalem, Mount Carmel, and much more. With three engraved vignette title pages, and two maps. Blackmer 1547. Bookplate.
Occasional foxing, chiefly marginal and far less than usual. Contemporary morocco-gilt bindings near-fine and handsome.