BUCHANAN, Robert. Notes of a Clerical Furlough, spent chiefly in the Holy Land. With a Sketch of the Voyage out in the Yacht "St. Ursula." London, Blackie and Son, 1859.
8vo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, ornamented in blind; pp. xiv, [2, illustration of the yacht], 10-437, 6, publisher's catalogue, sketch maps, three tinted lithographic maps and plans one folding and in rear pocket; lower fly-leaf repalece, spine with skillful restorations, a good copy; provenance: Free Church College in Edinburgh (small oval stamps on title-page and elsewhere, presented to them by the widow of te Reverend Donald Mackinnon Macalister (bookplate inside front cover), pencil inscription above the bookplate John Buchanan, March '59.
Uncommon first edition. The Scottish priest's journey results in a travelogue covering much of the Holy Land and the narrative is strewn with amusing encounters with the natives and travel incidents. All in all, travelling in the Levant was fairly easy, as the rulers of Muhammad Ali's dynasty were seeking contact with the West and tourism was being developed.