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    With the Folding Engraved Map

    J[ames]. S[ilk]. Buckingham. Travels among the Arab Tribes Inhabiting the Countries East of Syria and Palestine, including a journey from Nazareth to the mountains beyond the Dead Sea, and from thence through the plains of the Hauran to Bozra, Damascus, Tripoly, Lebanon, Baalbeck, and by the valley of the Orontes to Seleucia, Antioch, and Aleppo. With an appendix, containing a refutation of certain unfounded calumnies industriously circulated against the author of this work, by Mr. Lewis Burckhardt, Mr. William John Bankes, and the Quarterly Review. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825.

    First edition. Quarto. xv, [1], 669 pages. Folding engraved map and twenty-eight wood-engraved vignettes as chapter headings.

    Half leather over marbled boards with titles stamped in gilt in two compartments of six between five raised bands on the spine. Boards scuffed with rubbing at the extremities. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Engraved map and the title page it faces moderately toned and foxed. With some very light scattered foxing, otherwise a remarkably clean and tight copy in very good copy.

    James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855), founder of the Calcutta Journal, Oriental Herald and Colonial Review, The Sphynx, and The Argus, social reformer and founding member of the British and Foreign Institute, traveled in the Middle East as a sea captain and merchant. This work relates the part of his travels which took him through Nazareth, the plains of the Hauran, Damascus, Tripoli, Lebanon and Balbec to Aleppo. An appendix refutes the charges of plagiarism brought by Burckhardt and Bankes against his Travels in Palestine (1822).


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