ADDISON, Charles G. Damascus and Palmyra: A Journey to the East. With a Sketch of the State and Prospects of Syria, under Ibrahim Pasha. London, Richard Bentley, 1838.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary full polished calf, spines with two black morocco lettering-pieces each, raised bands, ornamented in blind, marbled endpapers and edges (re-backed, using the original backstrips); pp. xxviii, 440 & xii, 484; 10 hand-coloured plates after William Thackeray; titles with rubbed portions; a little spotting here and there; otherwise good.
First edition. 'Addison travelled in the Levant from April to October, 1835, visiting Greece and Turkey as well as Syria. Addison was very anti-Turkish and also very critical of the Bavarian monarchy. Addison travelled from Malta via Greece (Patras, Argos, Athens, Delos, &c.), Turkey (Smyrna, Gallipolli, Constantinople, &c.), and Beirut, to Damascus and Palmyra in 1835. According to the British Library Catalogue, the illustrations are after drawings by William Thackeray; they have been lithographed by G E Madeley and illustrate local costume' (Blackmer). According to Thackeray's bibliographer, van Duzer, two issues of the present work appeared, the present example and another "very rare" issue with 18 plates, which we have never encountered.
Blackmer 5; Atabey 9; Weber 268; not in Abbey; van Duzer A Thackeray Library 47.