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    Thomas Shaw's Improved Edition
    of His Important Travel Book

    Thomas Shaw. Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant. Illustrated with Cuts. The Second Edition, with great Improvements. London: for A. Millar and W. Sandby, 1757. Quarto. [ยน3], a-b4, B-3T4, 3U1. vi, v-xviii, [2], 513, [1] pages. Thirty eight woodcut engraved plates, including fifteen maps (nine folding) and twenty two illustrations (two folding). Occasional text illustrations. Engraved initials, head and tail pieces. Near contemporary half green morocco over paper boards, title in gilt on spine, marbled endpapers. Rebacked with original spine laid-on, binding somewhat worn, leather cornerpieces missing. Bookseller stamp on title-page, some offsetting from plates, occasional foxing, some minor repairs on verso of plates, title-page cut shorter at bottom. A good copy of this improved edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Thomas Shaw (1692-1751), chaplain to the English factory at Algiers, used his clerical appointment as an occasion for several travels. The first edition of this work, published in 1738, was highly criticized by a certain Dr. Richard Pocock, and in defense, Shaw wrote a supplement, the contents of which are interwoven in the present text. Shaw's aim was to restore the ancient geography of the regions he describes and to place the natural and civil history of such areas in a proper light. Shaw is well known in the field of botany for his catalogue of the rarer plants which he observed during his travels in Barbary, Egypt, and Arabia, a classification amounting to 632 species and including crude plates, all donated to and preserved by Oxford University under the name of Shawia. This is the final edition prepared by Shaw himself. "These Travels have been universally esteemed, not only for their accuracy and fidelity, but on account of the illustrations they contain of natural history, of the classic authors, and especially of the Scriptures." - Lowndes.

    "For his time, his geological views are enlightened, while his conjectures on the subject of the pyramids have been fully confirmed by Belzoni and other investigators...his scrupulous fidelity was vindicated by James Bruce and by later African explorers." (DNB).

    ESTC t114688. Goldsmiths' 9211. Cox I, 377. Lowndes 2372-3. Gay 391. Kalfatovic 133. Weber 498. Tobler 123. Rohricht 303. Hilmy II, 233. Dawson & Uphill 269. Blackmer 307 (1st ed.) Goodland 566.



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