Journey through Arabia Petraea, to Sinai, and the Excavated City of …
Journey through Arabia Petraea, to Sinai, and the Excavated City of …

LABORDE, Leon de. Journey through Arabia Petraea, to Sinai, and the Excavated City of Petra, the Edom of the Prophecies.

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LABORDE, Leon de. Journey through Arabia Petraea, to Sinai, and the Excavated City of Petra, the Edom of the Prophecies. London, John Murray, 1836.

8vo. Contemporary half-calf with raised bands over marbled boards, all edges and endpapers marbled; pp. xxviii, 331; lithographic frontispiece, one folding engraved map, 1 single-page engraved plan of Petra, 14 engraved plates of views and 10 lithographs of views and artefacts, numerous wood-engraved vignettes (a few full-page); fading to spine and partly to cover, small nicks to cloth at head of spine, occasional light spotting to plates, as usual (but retainig tissue guards), a very good copy with contemporary Northcote bookplate and his name at head of title.
First English edition (first in French, 1830) of this highly illustrated travelogue. 'Laborde travelled with the well-known Linant de Bellefonds, who at the time was in service with Mehmet Ali as an hydraulic engineer. They set out from Cairo in February 1828, where Laborde had established himself after his long journey in Asia Minor and Syria (1826-7), and made their way to Petra via Suez and Mt. Sinai. Both Burckhardt and Mangles had explored Petra before Laborde but Laborde was the first to be able to make plans, views and maps of the area. An important work' (Blackmer 929). This English translation is enlarged by two additional chapters; one about the ancient region of Idumea and the other with a summary of the reports on Petra by earlier travellers.
Provenance: Stafford Henry Northcote, first earl of Iddesleigh 1818–1887) was a lawyer, politician and Gladstone's secretary, and an associate of Prince Albert in getting the Great Exhibition of 1851 off the ground. Later 'Northcote served as Disraeli's most loyal and trusted deputy on financial matters' (ODNB).

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