London & Paris: Fisher, Son & Co, 1836. Full leather. Numerous engravings by W.H. Bartlett and Thomas Allom, etc. Large Quarto, approx. 27cm x 21 cm. Published in 3 volumes, each with its own Vignette Title page, maps & plates.
Rebacked. Full black leather with gilt border to upper and lower boards. Gilt titles and decoration to spines. Maroon title bands. Green marbled EPs. Bindings square and tight. Previous owner inscription to title page of each volume. The top 2 cm of each title page has been removed (see image). Engravings protected by tissue guards. Sadly the plates are quite foxed. Fair. Item #163
The author, John Carne, left England in 1821, and spent much time travelling in Israel/Palestine as well as in Constantinople, Greece, the Levant and Egypt. It is one of the few works of that time to include what is present-day Lebanon. The book, with plates by W.H. Bartlett, was published some time after Carne returned to England, initially in thirty parts of four plates each. This formed the 1st part of Fisher's series 'Turkish Empire Illustrated'. Many of the plates in vol. 3 are after drawings by Thomas Allom who was commissioned by the publishers to complete the illustrations.