A Brief Account of the Countries adjoining the Lake of Tiberias, the Jordan, and the Dead Sea. Published for the Palestine Association of London.

SEETZEN Ulrich Jacob (1810.)


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An Important work on Palestine

First Engish edition. With a frontispiece map (this slightly trimmed at the fore margin). 4to. Modern quarter red calf with decorative paste-paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, very good. vi, 47, 5 pp. Bath, Printed and sold by Meyler and Son,

This is the first publication in book form describing the travels of Ulrich Seetzen, an unsung hero of Middle Eastern travel.

After learning Arabic in Syria, "In 1806 he began his travels to the east of Hermon, the Jordan and the Dead Sea, during which he discovered the ruins of several ancient cities previously unknown to Europeans, including the site of Jerash (ancient Gerasia). His journey took him round the sea of Galilee (February 1806) and then into Jordan as far as Amman..." (Howgego). At a later date, and not described in this account, he visited Mecca and Medina in disguise; he was last seen in Yemen where it is believed he was murdered as a spy. This brief account was composed from articles first published on the continent. His actual diaries and papers were later recovered and published (1854-9, in 4 volumes).

The author was Conceiller d'Ambassade de S.M. l'Empereur de Russie and the letters addressed to M. de Zach, Grand Marechal de la Cour de Saxe Gotha... Some members of the National Institute at Paris sent over these papers to Sir Joseph Banks, by whom they were obligingly forwarded to the Palestine Association. The Association was formed to remove "the present ignorance respecting Palestine."

Rare in commerce, with just two copies in auction records (Sotheby's 1994 and 1998).

Rohricht, 1615 (London ed., 1813); not in Blackmer.

Stock Code: 220266

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