London, South Kensington
19 March 1999
SHAW, Thomas. Travels or Observations relating to several parts of Babary and the Levant, Oxford: Printed at the Sheldonian Theatre, 1738-1746. 2 (230 x 355mm.), 2 volumes including supplement, title with engraved vignette, engraved head-and tail-pieces and 32 engraved maps and plates of which 9 folding (minor staining to margins), 19th-century calf (front cover loose, very worn and rubbed, supplement bound separately in 19th-century calf backed boards), bookplate of Daniel Burton. FIRST EDITION.
Thomas Shaw D.D., Fellow of Queen's-College, Oxford, and Fellow of the Royal Society, can in many respects be considered the precursor of later and enlightened writers on the Arab world such as the Russell brothers and Burckhardt. The Travels bear a dedication to King George II with a reference to the generous patronage of Queen Caroline. Shaw's classical background is evidenced in the classical texts reproduced in the appendices. Like Thomas Fuller, Shaw dedicated each plate in his book to a different friend or patron. Later it was translated into German, Dutch and French, and was studied with interest by the ideologists of the French invasion of Algeria. Hamilton, p.40. Blackmer 1533: "Especially esteemed for its botanical and zoological plates"; Nissen BBI 1533.
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