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LYON, George Francis (1795-1832). A Narrative of travels in northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20; accompanied by geographical notices of the Soudan, and of the the course of the Niger. London: Thomas Davison for John Murray, 1821.
4° (268 x 205mm). Folding engraved map, 17 hand-coloured lithographic plates after Lyon, by M. Gauci, G. Harley or D. Dighton, occasional small wood-engraved illustrations, extra-illustrated with a an original watercolour of two of the images from the published work, mounted as a frontispiece. (Offsetting and small tears to map, lower inner blank corner of plate facing p.98 torn away, slight spotting to five other plates, b1 with repaired tear to lower blank margin, N1 with 30mm. tear to inner blank margin, II4 and KK1 with old staining.) Half-calf with contemporary patterned embossed boards (rebacked and cornered, inner hinges repaired). Provenance: Vice-Admiral Joseph Sherer (b.1798, author's presentation inscription 'Joseph Sherer from his old friend & Captain The Author').
AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of his description of the expedition to Tripoli and Mouzouk, inscribed to Joseph Sherer who served as Midshipman (1821-1823) and Lieutenant (1824-1825) on board H.M.S. Hecla. Lyon was Commander of the Hecla from 1821 to 1823. Abbey Travel I, 304; Blackmer 1044; Gay 2780; Tooley 311.
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