FINLAY, George. On the Site of the Holy Sepulchre. With a Plan of Jerusalem. London, Smith, Elder, 1847.
8vo. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp. 48, lithographic plan of Jerusalem, old and new wall outlined in colour; spine a little defective; otherwise good; provenance: early bookplate of Alexander B. McGrigor inside front cover.
Very rare first edition. George Finlay (1799-1875) was a British historian. His interest in the Greek struggle for independence took him to Cephalonia in 1823, where he was received by Lord Byron. He established himself in Athens, and undertook several trips to the Levant, of which this book is a product. 'The topographical opinions announced in this Essay are the result of a careful examination of the localities in the month of March ' (p. 6).
Provenance: Alexander Bennett McGrigor of Cairnoch (1827-1891) was a lawyer, co-owner of a big Glasgow law firm and book collector.