JOURNEY-ALEPPO TO JERUSALEM/RARE Ed/15 ENGRVD PLTS/1749

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VERY RARE - SCARCE EDITION
FINE ORIGINAL LEATHER BINDING
15 COPPER ENGRAVED PLATES-9 FOLDING
THE MOST FAMOUS OF PALESTINE JOURNEY'S
A JOURNEY FROM ALEPPO TO JERUSALEM
At Easter, A.D. 1697
by
HENRY MAUNDRELL
OXFORD: Printed at the Theatre, for W. Meadows. MDCCXLIX. 1749 (Published date 1749). RARE EARLY EDITION. 8vo. 8.0" x 5.25" inches. (LxB). Pp. (12), 171 pages, engraved title vignette, 15 engraved plates, 9 folding. Bound in fine original contemporary full calf leather binding, gilt (faded) decorated spine with 5 raised bands & a red gilt lettered morocco label. In 1701 Maundrell died of fever in Aleppo, were he was chaplain for the Levant Company from 1696 to 1701. His account contains the first description of Baalbec by an Englishman. Full Title: A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem; at Easter, A.D. 1697. The Seventh Edition; To which is now added an Account of the Author's Journey to the Banks of the Euphrates at Beer, and to the Country of Mesopotamia. With an index to the whole work. [cf. Blackmer 1096; Rohricht 1235; Tobler pp.116-117]. Travelogues written by Europeans visiting Palestine after that period point to a shift in Europe's relationship to the region. Where

Written by Daniel Howell : At precisely three o'clock in the afternoon, on Friday February 26, 1697, the Reverend Henry Maundrell and fourteen companions mounted their horses and rode out of the city of Aleppo to begin what was to be an 83-day Easter pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It was not an exceptional undertaking; agents from the English Levant Company's office in Syria, to which Maundrell was assigned as chaplain, frequently made such trips at that time of year. But this pilgrimage was to be different, for it was to inspire the eventual publication of a small book of lasting importance, a book which today, 267 years later, remains a minor classic in the overcrowded archives of travel writing, A Journey From Aleppo to Jerusalem At Easter A.D. 1697. The book, published and republished over the years and translated into at least three languages, began as merely a diary in which Maundrell recorded his observations as he rode across Syria to Latakia, down the Syrian and Lebanese coasts and inland to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and then returned to Aleppo, visiting such places as Damascus, Baalbek and Tripoli. Maundrell had intended to circulate it among friends and perhaps win a measure of favor with his clerical superiors. At that time, however, there was in England a surprising degree of interest in the Middle East and an equivalent lack of accurate information about it. Travelers were by no means rare but their published accounts tended to relate personal adventures or to express reactions and opinions rather than to provide information about what is surely...
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