CARNE, John. Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c. Illustrated. In a Series of One Hundred and Twenty Views Drawn from Nature by W. H. Bartlett, William Purser, and Thomas Allom. London, Fisher, Son, & Co., [1836-1838].
4to, 3 volumes. Original publisher's blue watered cloth, richly ornamented and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. , 80; 76; 100, ; 3 steel-engraved additional titles, 117 steel-engraved plates by W. Finden, retaining tissue guards, and 2 engraved maps; slightly rubbed and scuffed, light spotting and browning, otherwise a very good set.
First edition, in the rarely seen publisher's binding. John Carne travelled through the Ottoman Empire in 1821, publishing Letters from the East in 1826, and was chosen by Fisher to be the author of the present work, which was intended to be the first in a series entitled 'The Turkish Empire Illustrated'. Carne wrote the descriptive text which accompanies each illustration; the majority of these are engraved from views executed by Bartlett during his first journey in the area in 1834-1835, and they are probably his first illustrations to appear in print. Only in the third volume do engravings by other artists such as Thomas Allom appear.
Atabey 199; Blackmer 291; Röhricht 1690; Weber I, 1125.