London, South Kensington
22 September 2005
BURTON, Richard Francis (1821-1890) & Charles F. Tyrwhitt DRAKE (1846-1874). Unexplored Syria. Visits to the Libanus, the Tulúl ed Safá, the Anti-Libanus, the Northern Libanus, and the Aláh. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872. 2 volumes in one, 8° (210 x 135mm). Half title, 2 lithographed frontispieces, folding map, 25 lithographed plates, 11 of which folding (spotting mainly to map, and plates of volume 2). Contemporary red calf gilt (rubbed). Provenance: King Edward VI School, Birmingham (gilt stamp on upper cover). FIRST EDITION. Richard Burton, then consul at Damascus, explored the volcanic regions east of that city and the highlands of Syria. Volume one includes 10 fold-out plates reproducing inscriptions found on the Hanath Stones. The remaining plates include reproductions of shells, plants, and Burton's collection of anthropological materials from the Holy Land. Blackmer 247; Penzer pp, 85-88.
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