First edition. 8vo. 2 volumes. Vol. I: ,[ii],490, . Vol2: ,[ii],511. Complete with a chromolithograph frontis portrait of the author, three wood engraved plates & three folding maps. Publisher’s original decorative green and red cloth. Gilt title to spine. The binding is in wonderful condition. What looks like a small ink mark to the central design of the front cover, some minor chipping to the head and tail caps of both volumes, otherwise nothing to mention. Near-fine. Similiaryly, internally the book is fantastic. As expected, some mild foxing, particularly to wood engraved plates and an unobtrusive seperation along one fold of Map of Khuzistan. Front endpapers of vol 1 cracked, slightly exposing hinge. Vol 2’s rear endpapers have suffered similar fate. Neat ink inscription on FFEP’s verso of both volumes. The binding is tight and the contents bright, clean and complete throughout. Near-fine. Archaeologist, adventurer and politician, Layard wrote the present title in 1887 as a recollection of his travels and works in and around the Middle-East, between the years 1839-1851.
LAYARD, Sir Henry., Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, And Babylonia Including A Residence Among The Bakhtiyari And Other Wild Tribes Before The Discovery Of Nineveh., John Murray, 1887
Biographies & Letters
SHARP, Samuel., Letters from Italy, describing the Customs and Manners of that Country, In the Years 1765, and 1766. To which is Annexed, An Admonition to Gentlemen who pass the Alps, in their Tour through Italy. The Second Edition., [R. Cave] for W. Nicol, T. Becket, P. A. de Hondt and T. Cadell, 1767
BLIGH, William, A Voyage to the South Sea, undertaken by command of His Majesty, For the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in his Majesty’s ship the Bounty. Commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh. Including an account of the mutiny on board the said ship, and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew, in the ship’s boat, from Tofoa, one of the friendly islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies. The whole illustrated with charts, &c. Published by the permission of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. , George Nicol, Bookseller to his Majesty, Pall Mall., 1792