BARR, Robert. The Unchanging East. Boston, L. C. Page, 1900.
Two volumes, small 8vo. Original illustrated cream cloth; pp. 256; 256, two frontispieces in sepia photogravure with captioned tissue guards, plates after photographs; cloth a trifle spotted; a very good set, contemporary ownership inscriptions to front fly-leaves.
Very rare first edition. Robert Barr (1849-1912) was a Scottish-Canadian novelist and short story writer, who despite his friendship, satirized Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and undertook this Middle East journey. The travelogue covers his journey from Manchester to the Maghreb, via Malta, Cyprus and Egypt to Lebanon and Syria, with chapters on the Druzes, a visit to Damascus, and a return to the Lebanese coast, before visiting the Holy Land. Due to its rarity, a rather overlooked travel book. In the same year had appeared a London one-volume edition which is virtually unobtainable.