BUCKINGHAM, James Silk. Travels in Palestine, through the Countries of Bashan and Gilead, East of the River Jordan: Including a Visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis … Second Edition. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1822.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary full diced calf, spines ornamented in gilt and with new red morocco lettering-pieces, covers with gilt-stamped floral borders, marbled endpapers; re-backed, retaining original spines; pp. [iii]-xxxviii, , 402; iv, 474, 2, (advertisements), stipple-engraved portrait-frontispiece 8 engraved maps, plans and plates, a few folding, wood-engravings (several full-page) in the text; map of Palestine with repairs along folds, occasional spotting; otherwise very good.
Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on verso of frontispiece of volume one To Mrs. Philp, with the sincere regards of her affectionate brother - J.S. Buckingham August 1826. Signed engraved ticket (price one Guinea !) for Mr Buckingham's Lectures on the Eastern World loosely inserted; bookplates R. K. Philp inside front covers. The English traveller and writer James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855) travelled extensively in the Middle East between 1813 and 1818, sometimes as part of overland journeys from Egypt to India. During his tours he went through Egypt, Lebanon, Acre, Nazareth, Caesarea, Jaffa, Ramla, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Jerash, 'Phoenicia and the higher parts of Syria' (vol. I, p. xxiii) i.e. modern Lebanon. 'My journeys were often through countries, where writing, drawing or minutely suveying any subject, would have been fatal; were we often travelled with out hands upon our swords, and our eyes keenly watching for secret plunderers, or more open enemies' (ibid.)
Provenance: The bookplate is most likely that of Robert Kemp Philp (1769-1850), Unitarian minister of Falmouth. Buckingham was born in Flushing, near Falmouth and both the families shared enthusiasm for progressive causes and sometimes anti-establishment politics.
Not in Atabey or Blackmer.