Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor

John CARNE   |   William Henry BARTLETT

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(MIDDLE EAST) CARNE, John. Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c. Illustrated. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., (1836-38). Three parts in two volumes. Tall quarto (9 by 11 inches), contemporary full polished black calf rebacked with original elaborately gilt-decorated spines laid down, raised bands, original maroon spine labels, gilt coat of arms to front boards, marbled endpapers and edges.

First edition of Carne’s chronicle of his travels throughout the Middle East, two splendid volumes illustrated with 117 full-page steel-engraved views after William H. Bartlett, Thomas Allom and others, handsomely bound in contemporary armorial polished calf.

“Carne resolved to visit the holy places, and accordingly left England on 26 March 1821. He visited Constantinople, Greece, the Levant, Egypt, and Palestine… [H]is talents for society brought him into familiar intercourse with Scott, Southey… and other distinguished men of letters”(DNB). 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 engraved vignette title pages in each volume in addition to letterpress title pages, and two maps. With bookplates of Robert Merrik Burrell affixed over those of his father, Sir Walter Wyndham Burrell, 5th Baronet of Valentine and Member of Parliament for New Shoreham. Each volume’s front board displays the Burrell gilt-embossed coat of arms bearing the motto “sub libertate quietem” (accept no peace without liberty).

Text and plates generally fresh with light scattered foxing. A near-fine handsomely bound copy with a distinctive provenance.

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