SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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VALENTIA. George Annesley, (Viscount)
Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, The Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt.

London, W. Bulmer & Co., 1809
Bobins III 1121.
London, W. Bulmer & Co., 1809

FIRST EDITION, large paper copy. 3 vols. Nine folding charts & plans & 60 engraved plates (mainly after drawings by Henry Salt). Large 4to. Contemporary morocco, richly gilt, spine gilt, with raised bands. [xiv], 496; iv, 520; viii, 506, [iv], [48](versos blank)pp.One of only 50 copies printed on large paper. Lord Valentia (later Earl of Mountnorris) set out from England in June 1802, with Henry Salt as his draughtsman and secretary. As well as surveying the east coast of Africa and investigating the possibilities of trade with Abyssinia and its neighbours, the mission hoped to conclude an alliance by giving England a port in the Red Sea, in case France, under Napoleon, should seize Egypt. Salt provided some of the text for Valentia. Uncoloured plates - therefore, they are not listed.