A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem; at Easter, A.D. 1697. To which is 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.

MAUNDRELL Henry (1749.)

£400.00 

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Seventh edition. With an engraved vignette on the title page, 15 engraved plates (of which 9 are folding), and 2 text figures. 8vo. Contemporary spotted calf, the spine with raised bands ruled in gilt and contrasting lettering piece, slight wear to head and foot of the spine, joints splitting but holding, a clean, crisp copy. [xii], 171pp. Oxford, Printed at the Theatre, for W. Meadows,

"One of the best accounts of a pilgrimage was by Henry Maundrell, Aleppo chaplain at the end of the seventeenth century [1696-1701] — 'the chaste, the accurate and the pious Maundrell', as Buckingham called him. Conscious of his position as a representative of the English church, Maundrell was suitably scathing about the various legends of the Holy Land, 'only kept up, as my Lord Bacon observes many false notions are, because it serves as a good allusion and helps the Poets to a similitude.'

Maundrell's account is a good example of the change that gradually took place, from the end of the seventeenth century, in the attitudes of travellers to the countries which they visited. To begin with there was little interest in the remains of classical antiquity which littered the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. The magnificent ruins of Baalbek, standing so conspicuously in the Bekaa valley, are rarely mentioned in English accounts before Maundrell visited them on his return from Jerusalem." (Sarah Searight, The British in the Middle East, London, 1979, pp. 68-69.)

Blackmer 1095 [citing the 1732 Fifth edition]: "Maundrell's work contains the first description of Balbec by an Englishman. Both Balbec and Palmyra seem to have been forgotten or ignored by travellers and/or traders before the end of the seventeenth century. The plates includes prospects of Aleppo and Balbec."

Provenance: Edward William Wynne Pendarves (1775-1853), MP for West Cornwall from 1832 to his death; his armorial bookplate to front paste-down endpaper.

Stock Code: 220282

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