• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 196

    BEAUFORT, Francis (1744-1857). Karamania: or A Brief Description of the South Coast of Asia Minor and of the Remains of Antiquity. London: R. Hunter, 1817. 8° (213 x 130mm). 7 engraved maps and plates including frontispiece, one folding, engraved vignettes, by George Cook after Beaufort. (Spotting to folding map and some other plates.) Contemporary speckled calf (upper cover detached, spine rubbed and with chipped label). Provenance: William Harrison (bookplate) -- [Newton Hall Library, Northumberland].

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    BEAUFORT, Francis (1744-1857). Karamania: or A Brief Description of the South Coast of Asia Minor and of the Remains of Antiquity. London: R. Hunter, 1817. 8° (213 x 130mm). 7 engraved maps and plates including frontispiece, one folding, engraved vignettes, by George Cook after Beaufort. (Spotting to folding map and some other plates.) Contemporary speckled calf (upper cover detached, spine rubbed and with chipped label). Provenance: William Harrison (bookplate) -- [Newton Hall Library, Northumberland].

    FIRST EDITION. After taking command of the frigate Frederiksteen on 30 May 1810, Beaufort spent two years surveying the south coast of Turkey and exploring the spectacular classical ruins, then quite unknown to Europeans. His work was brought to an untimely end by an attack by some Turks on his boat's crew on 20 June 1812. The book which he published five years later 'was an instant success both with the learned and with the ordinary reading public, while Beaufort's extraordinarily accurate and thorough charts aroused the admiration of sailors and geographers' (ODNB). The pagination of this copy conforms with Atabey, through it is without the final leaf X2 called for by Blackmer, presumably an advertisement leaf. Atabey 81; Blackmer 103.


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    Russia & Europe
    (lots 196-232)