ANNESLEY, George, Viscount Valentia & Earl of Mountmorris (?1770-1844). Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt, in the years 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806. London: William Miller, 1809.
3 volumes, 4o (285 x 230 mm). Half titles, 69 engraved plates, including 6 folding maps, by Fittler, Angus, Landseer etc. after Henry Salt (some offsetting to plates). Contemporary brown morocco elaborately tooled in gilt and blind by Robinson and Ellis with bookseller and binders ticket (some rubbing to spines, repaired joints splitting in a few places). Provenance: Mrs. Annesley (presentation inscription from the author and bookplate); E. Grant Duff (inscription by a family descendent, dated 1916).
FIRST EDITION PRESENTATION COPY "To the Honble Mrs. Annesley, with the affectionate regards of the Author June 1, 1819." "This work contains much information of a novel and important kind; but it might advantageously have been comprised in less compass. It was read through the press by Mr. Salt" (Lowndes). Henry Salt accompanied Viscount Valentia as secretary and draughtsman; his Twenty-four Views in St. Helena, published in 1809, was another result of the tour. Abbey Travel 515 (note); Lowndes p.2747. (3)