22 June 2010
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 225 mm). Half titles, 3 engraved vignettes, 69 engraved plates (12 folding maps or charts), by Fittler, Angus, Landseer etc. after Henry Salt (some offsetting and light staining). Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked, old spines laid down). Provenance: Thorongood (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "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.
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