Lot 63: Turner (William). Journal of a Tour in the Levant, 3 vols., 1st ed., 1820, 22 engraved or aquatint plates, including six hand-coloured, two folding maps, light offsetting and some spotting, recent fawn half calf, 8vo. Abbey Travel 375; Atabey ?1; Blackmer 1687: "Turner was attached to the British embassy at Constantinople; he spent five years in the Levant, 1812-1816, and travelled extensively. This very interesting work contains accounts of journeys, not consecutive, which occured during his years of service. These include tours in Rhodes and Simi, a journey through Zakynthos, Albania and Greece, an account of Patmos, Samos and Ephesus, and a tour of Egypt and Palestine. (The tour through Albania and Greece includes a long section of negotiations with Ali Pasha.) The work also contains interesting plates, including some curious Turkish drawings from the author's collection, and costumes from Chios, Mykonos and Cairo." (3)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction October 2015
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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