SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Picturesque Scenery in the Holy Land and Syria.

London: G.S.Tregear, New Kent Road, 1823.
Abbey Travel 383. See Blackmer 1585; Tooley 464; Bobins I 163.
London: G.S.Tregear, New Kent Road, 1823.

Slim quarto contemporary full purple straight-grain morocco; elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards; all edges gilt; gilt inner dentelles. First quarto edition of English naval surgeon Francis Spilsbury's account of his travels in the Holy Land and Syria during the Napoleonic campaigns there with 19 fine hand-coloured aquatint views. A handsome and desirable copy. Spilsbury was surgeon on board HMS Tigre during the campaigns of 1799 and 1800. The Tigre brought Sir Sydney Smith to defend Acre against Napoleon's siege and led a naval force in support of Turkish armies which finally relieved Acre and his text gives some account of the military campaigns and the Turkish dignitaries. The views are mostly connected with the coastal towns of modern Lebanon and Israel though several are from Spilsbury's travels inland to meet the Grand Vizier in charge of the Turkish army Jezzar Pacha and other dignitaries. First published in folio in 1803 and again in 1819. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. The Grand Vizier's Tent. 2. View of Acre & H.M. Ship Le Tigre. 3. Jezzar Pacha condemning a criminal. 4. Sidon. 5. Tyre. 6. Daniel Bryan. 7. A Market in Acre. 8. A Burial Place at Beirout. 9. Zeta neae Jaffa in Syria. 10. Arab Huts at Zeta. 11. A Dance at Genin. 12. Mount Tabor. 13. Joseph's Pit and Well. 14. The Lake of Tiberia. 15. Jacob's Bridge. 16. Tripoli. 17. Dede; near Tripoli. 18. Caesaria. 19. The Pilgrim's Castle.