London, South Kensington
22 April 2010
Russia & Europe
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.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
+44 (0)20 7752 3165
+44 (0)20 7389 2157
+44 (0)20 7752 3205
+44 (0)20 7752 3291
No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.
Specialist James Hyslop surveys some of the stunning natural marvels, from fossils to fool’s gold, offered in our Sculpted by Nature sale
As the scientific community investigates the cigar-shaped asteroid that has been dubbed ’Oumuamua, Dr. Alan Rubin discusses the origins of extraterrestrial rocks
PurseBop outlines the four stages that mark the evolution of an Hermès connoisseur, and the bags that accompany each
Why the French Impressionist’s paintings of the Saint-Lazare train station are among his greatest achievements