VAN DE VELDE, Carel Willem Meredith. Narrative of a journey through Syria and Palestine in 1851 and 1852. London, Blackwood, 1854.
Two volumes on one, 8vo. Contemporary school prize binding of full calf, spine with raised bands, ornamented in gilt and with black morocco lettering-piece, marbled edges, neat oval gilt-stamp Edinburgh Upper Ward of Lanarkshire Association on upper panel; pp. viii, 522; , v, 520, two three-colour lithographic frontispieces with tissue guards, folding lithographic map with author's route in red, folding plan of Jerusalem, folding epigraphic plate (repaired tear to fold); light spotting occasionally, offsetting from endpapers; otherwise a good copy.
First edition. Charles William Meredith van de Velde (1818-1898) was a retired member of the Dutch Navy, draughtsman, and ethnographer, who in 1851 undertook a journey of the Levant, leaving Marseilles on a steamer for Beirut, equipped with 'a good store of drawing materials, the best of the hitherto published maps, a compass, a telescope, and an instrument for surveying' (p. 5). The result of this investigative journey is this epistolary travelogue with Van de Velde's illustrations, and a very rare, large and accurate map of the Holy Land in 8 sheets. Years before Schumacher Van de Velde carried out proper topographical recording of the mountains of Lebanon, were he travelled extensively. Much of the work is on Lebanon, which was less researched than the Holy Land. Van de Velde reports on a Druze uprising, Ottoman rule, the hydrography of the mountains, cedars, and sectarian divisions.
Blackmer 1722; not in Atabey.