TURNER, William (1792-1867)
TURNER, William (1792-1867)
TURNER, William (1792-1867)
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TURNER, William (1792-1867)

Journal of a tour in the Levant. London: John Murray, 1820.

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TURNER, William (1792-1867)
Journal of a tour in the Levant. London: John Murray, 1820.
First and only edition: a fine copy of this important work of travel literature with handsome hand-coloured illustrations. Turner was attached to the British embassy in Constantinople for five years from 1812, and from there he travelled to Egypt, the Holy Land, Albania, Turkey, Greece and the Greek islands. In his Journal, he noted local manners, customs and costumes, and described meeting with the ruler of Ottoman Albania Ali Pasha (1740-1822). Turner’s account of non-consecutive journeys includes rare images engraved from early Turkish drawings in the author’s collection, and costumes from Chios, Mykonos and Cairo. He later returned to Constantinople in 1824 where he remained until 1829, mainly fulfilling the role British plenipotentiary in the absence of an ambassador. Abbey Travel 375; Blackmer 1687; Bobins IV, 1475; Röhricht 1646;

3 volumes, octavo (215 x 130mm). 22 plates, 6 of which are aquatints finished in contemporary hand-colour, 2 folding, the remainder etched including 1 folding letter, 2 folding maps (occasional and variable spotting, lacking half-titles). Contemporary diced calf with sides panelled in gilt, spines elaborately decorated in gilt with raised bands and double black morocco labels, lettered and numbered in gilt (extremities very lightly rubbed). Provenance: contemporary inscription to title-page of vols. 1 and 2 (including names of Louisa Jane Jeffreys, Jane Cape, Anne Fricker?) — Nasmyth family (armorial bookplates).
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