Journal of a Tour in the Levant
By Turner, William Esq.
London: John Murray,1820. First Edition. Complete in 3 volumes. 8vo â€“ 22.7cm. 22 engraved plates of which 6 are hand-coloured aquatints – 2 of which are fold-out panoramas and one being a double-sided facsimile, 2 fold-out engraved maps, illustrations in text. All half-titles and coloured frontis piece plates are present. Volume I: [xxiii], (2), 408pp. (1); Volume II: [vi], (1), 608pp – incl. Appendix; Volume III: [vi], (1), 546pp â€“ incl. Index, (1-Errata), (1). Later half burgundy morocco with marbled boards and matching marbled end leaves, top page edges gilt, spines with five compartments ruled in gilt with bright gilt titles. Bound by Worsford. A very attractive set inside and out. Near Fine+ and complete. Scarce.
First edition of this important work, which contains the accounts of several journeys, not consecutive. Turner spent five years in the Levant with this being a fascinating record of the Levant in the early nineteenth century. Turner’s travels, while he was attached to the British embassy at Constantinople, took him to Egypt, the Holy Land, Albania, Greece and numerous Greek islands, as well as Turkey. The plates show costumes and antiquities, as well as views of Smyrna, Patmos and Pergamus. Atabey 1251, Blackmer 1687, Weber 94.