BARTLETT, W.H. The Nile Boat; or, Glimpses of the Land of Egypt. London, Arthur Hall, Virtue, & Co., 1849.
8vo. Original full black morocco, image of Nile boat within decorative panels blocked in gilt to covers, blind-ruled borders, elaborate gilt decoration to spine, lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. vi, , 218, [8, advertisements]; 32 steel-engraved plates, single-page engraved map, folding panorama of Alexandria, 17 wood-engravings to text; slight rubbing to extremities, a bright and clean copy, rarely found in this condition, gift inscription to head of title, dated 1850.
First edition. The engraver Bartlett visited Egypt in 1842 and again in 1845; the present volume is an account based on the second visit. The Nile Boat proved extremely popular, largely due to its well-executed illustrations; it had gone through five editions by 1862. The first edition is notable for the deluxe leather binding, later editions being issued in cloth.