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    Robert Walsh. Constantinople And The Scenery Of The Seven Churches Of Asia Minor Illustrated.... London & Paris, [c. 1838].

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    Reverend Robert Walsh and Thomas Allom. Constantinople And The Scenery Of The Seven Churches Of Asia Minor Illustrated. In A Series Of Drawings From Nature By Thomas Allom. With An Historical Account Of Constantinople, And Descriptions Of The Plates. First [and Second] Series. London & Paris: Fisher, Son, & Co., [circa 1838].

    First Edition. Two quarto volumes. [4], xxxvi, 84, [4], 100 pages. Two engraved title pages, two frontispieces, two maps (one double-page), and ninety-two plates by Thomas Allom. The first series volume has an additional unlisted engraved plate facing page 54 by F. Herve, titled "Ancient Archway & Cavern in the Balkan Mountains." Contemporary half green calf over marbled paper covered boards, spine banded, gilt in compartments with titles gilt on black leather, all edges gilt, matching marbled endpapers. Bindings rubbed with some leather stripping but solid, lightly soiled; occasional foxing, light soiling, smudges, and few minor dampstains; else in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    Walsh accepted the offer of the chaplaincy to the British embassy at Constantinople, remaining in that post for some years, during which time he made many extensive expeditions through Turkey and other parts of Asia. Having obtained a medical degree, he practiced as a physician on various occasions while in the more remote parts of that continent. From Constantinople he went to the embassy at St. Petersburg, to which he had been appointed chaplain, but only remained there a little while, proceeding in 1828 to Rio de Janeiro. His investigations of the extent of the slave trade in Brazil led to his being placed on the committee of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery. On his return to England in 1831 he was again sent to Constantinople.

     

    Thomas Allom, 1804-1872. "He was as much artist as architect... he furnished the drawings for the series of illustrated works upon which his reputation rests. Amongst these may be named his 'Cumberland and Westmoreland,' 'Devonshire and Cornwall,' 'Scotland,' 'France,' 'Constantinople,' 'Asia Minor,' and 'China.' He exhibited for many years at the Royal Academy, 'where his charming pencil usually gained a place of honour.' He was frequently called upon to assist his professional brethren, and there are few artists who forget the vigour and beauty of the drawings." [DNB]

     

    Atabey 1316. Weber I, 1150.Blackmer 1766. NSTC 2W4004.



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