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KEPPEL, George [Earl of Albemarle]
Personal Narrative of a Journey from India to England, by Bussorah, Bagdad, the Ruins of Babylon, Curdistan, the Court of Persia, the Western Shore of the Caspian Sea, Astrakhan, Nishney, Novogorod, Moscow, and St. Petersberg

London: Published for Henry Colburn, 1834.
Not in Abbey; Atabey 631 (Second edition); cf. Blackmer 908 (First edition); Ghani 206 (First edition).
London: Published for Henry Colburn, 1834.

Two volumes.Octavo. xii 338; [i] 351 [1] pp. With 4 hand-coloured plates 1 folding colour-lined map and numerous text illustrations. Bound in full red calf covers with attractive gilt leaf patterned borders to boards; spines gilt in compartments with red morocco labels; lovely gilt inner dentelles; marbled edges and gold coloured end papers; some light wear to spines some slight foxing and offset to map; front fly-leaf lacking otherwise an excellent copy. Third edition of this fascinating account of the author's travels through the Middle East the Persian Gulf region and Russia during his journey home to England from India. Of special interest are his detailed descriptions of the various locales and his astute observations of the people (including Imams and Princes) that he met along the way. Keppel (1724-72) was the third Earl of Albemarle, a politician and army officer who served as a Lieutenant in the British Army. He served in the Seven Year War and later became the Governor of Cuba. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Frontispiece. The Author in his Travelling Costume. 2. [Folding map of author's route from Hussor to Kiziyab on the Borders of the Desert of Astrakhan[. 3. Tauk Kisra, a ruined arch on the site of Ctesiphon. Volume 2. 4. Frontispiece. A Lesguy Tartar. 5. Native of Durbund.