Oxford, England: Printed at the Theater, An. Dom. MDCCVII, 1721. Fourth Edition. Leather-bound. Octavo, 7 5/8" x 4.50". Half-bound diced calf over catspaw marbled boards, with tooled design to spine and corners. Five raised bands (six compartments), with contrasting (red) spine label, brightly lettered in gilt. with design to each compartment, ruled. ,145,,10p.,plates : ill. ;
Previous owner's name in script, to title page. Thirteen engraved plates seven of them folding. NOTE: FINAL (SINGLE SHEET NON-FOLDING) PLATE TORN OUT. Essentially gleaned from Maundrell's travel diary of his Easter Pilgrimage in 1697. Chaplain to Aleppo. Quintessential (ostensibly) religious travel journal of the late fifteenth century. "The corrections and additions, which were sent by the author after the book was printed off, are in this edition inserted in the Body of the Book in their proper places." By Hen. Maundrell, M.A. late Fellow of Exeter Coll. and Chaplain to the Factory at Aleppo...The seven final pages contain letters from Maundrell to Daniel Osborn, "in answer to some questions propos'd by him". (ESTC: T100588). Very Good. Item #84708
"[Maundrell] left Aleppo in February 1697 in a company of fifteen men. Their circuit took them across Syria to Latakia, down the Syrian and Lebanese coasts as far as Acre, which they found in ruinous state save for a khan (caravanserai) occupied by some French merchants, a mosque and a few poor cottages. Thence they proceeded inland to Jerusalem, where they attended Latin rite Easter services at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They returned to Aleppo via Damascus, Baalbek and Tripoli; they arrived 18 May. The descriptions constantly referred to relevant passages in the Bible, encounters with greedy local Ottoman officials at road blocks and checkpoints demanding payment of caphar and confirmed Maundrell in his distaste for the local inhabitants.("The Journey of Henry Maundrell." Saudi Aramco World, July/August 1964.) Maundrell was an observant reporter with a passion for precise detail: It is concise in contents, plain and attractive in style, and precise in its natural exposition of facts, all of which make it interesting to read even to-day. When the diary, crammed with precise, factual information, began to circulate among his friends they quickly realised that here at last was one of the first factual accounts of the antiquities of the Middle East. Its impact was such that he was persuaded by his uncle and several of his acquaintances, to prepare it for publication.... (Wikipedia, quoting Mohamad Ali Hachicho).