RAWLINSON, George. History of Phœnicia. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889.
8vo. Original black cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, boards ruled in blind; pp. xii, 583, 24 (publisher's catalogue), two colour-printed maps (one folding) wood-engraved illustrations on plates and in the text; apart from very light and only occasional spotting a beautiful copy, slightly occult lithographic bookplate inside front cover.
First edition of the first monograph in English on the ancient civilisation and trading power of the Mediterranean. The Phœnicians called their main land of origin, the Levant, Canaan (Kana‘n) in Phœnician during the second millenium BC. This book by the Oxford historian deals with a wide range of aspects, from language, topography, climate, agricultural production and manufacturing, the origin of the people (Lower Babylonia), cities, architecture, ship building, trade, mining, the arts, language to the political organisation up to the period of Roman occupation.