21 September 2005
THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN
THOMAS SHAW (1694-1757)
Travels or observations relating to several parts of Barbary and the Levant... [A Supplement to a Book Entituled Travels...] Oxford: printed at the Theater, 1738-1746. 2 works in one volume, 2° (350 x 225mm). [First work:] Title in red and black, half-title. 32 engraved plates, plans and maps on 29 leaves (comprising: 12 maps and plans [6 folding, 2 double-page], 20 plates [6 printed recto and verso of 3 leaves]), 1p. engraved music, 6 engraved headpieces, 1 tailpiece, 6 engraved initials; [second work:] 1 folding engraved plate, 1 folding engraved map, 1 engraved headpiece, 1 engraved initial. Contemporary speckled calf gilt, light brown/yellow morocco lettering-piece to spine (joints cracked). Provenance: Jno. Cracroft (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITIONS. Blackmer 1533-1534; Hilmy II,233.
[With:] three other works of similar interest in two volumes (A. RUSSELL. the Natural History of Aleppo ... Second Edition. Revised, enlarged ... by Pat. Russell. London: 1794. 2 volumes, 4°. Plates. Contemporary calf; W.G. BROWNE. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the year 1792 to 1798. London: 1799. 4°. Plates, maps. Contemporary calf. Hilmy I, p.91); G. SANDYS A Relation of a Journey. London: 1621. 4°, calf. (5)
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