• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

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    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 211

    SPRATT, T.A.B. (1811-1888) and Edward FORBES (1815-1854). Travels in Lycia, Milyas, and the Cibyratis. London: John van Voorst, 1847. 2 vols, 8° (219 x 140mm), half-titles, 9 lithographic views including frontispieces, 18 other plates, 4 double-page, large folding coloured map, 21 wood-engravings in text. (Frontispieces and titles spotted and browned, vol. I more heavily so.) Original embossed purple cloth, spines lettered in gilt (but sunfaded). Provenance: S.E. Widdrington, Newton Hall (bookplate).

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    SPRATT, T.A.B. (1811-1888) and Edward FORBES (1815-1854). Travels in Lycia, Milyas, and the Cibyratis. London: John van Voorst, 1847. 2 vols, 8° (219 x 140mm), half-titles, 9 lithographic views including frontispieces, 18 other plates, 4 double-page, large folding coloured map, 21 wood-engravings in text. (Frontispieces and titles spotted and browned, vol. I more heavily so.) Original embossed purple cloth, spines lettered in gilt (but sunfaded). Provenance: S.E. Widdrington, Newton Hall (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL CLOTH of 'the first comprehensive description' of Lycia, an area which had been unexplored until Captain Beaufort surveyed the coast in 1811-12; Sir Charles Fellows had given the first account of the interior, visiting it in both 1838 and 1840. The authors of the present account were members of the surveying ship Beacon which arrived in January 1842 but proved unfit for the nefarious purpose 'of conveying away the remarkable remains of antiquity discovered at Xanthus by Sir Charles Fellows'. While their ship was being refitted in Malta, the two authors visited 'no fewer than eighteen ancient cities, the sites of which had been unknown to geographers'. A third member of the party, E.T. Daniell, who had the greatest knowledge of antiquities, died of malaria during the expedition. Atabey 1173; Blackmer 1589. (2)


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