WALSH, Robert. Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor Illustrated. In a Series of Drawings from Nature by Thomas ALLOM. London, Fisher, Son, & Co., [c. 1838-40].
Two volumes, 4to. Near-contemporary maroon half morocco over cloth-covered boards, spine gilt in 6 compartments and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, with slightly raised bands; pp. , xxxvi, 84; [iv], 100, two additional engraved titles [Fisher's Illustrated Constantinople and its Environs], two frontispieces, 91 steel-engraved plates with tissue guards, and 2 maps (one double-page; all in compliance with the list of illustrations and the collation given in Atabey); only very lightly rubbed, the usual brown-spotting to engraved titles and facing frontispiece plates, as well as the final plates, a better copy than usually encountered.
First edition, originally issued in parts. Robert Walsh was chaplain to the embassy at Constantinople, and he travelled extensively while he was there. The artist Thomas Allom had been commissioned by Fisher and spent nine months in Constantinople and Turkey (1836-7). He travelled a lot in Asia Minor and further afield, as he was responsible for the plates in Carne's Syria and Asia Minor (which we currently stock as well).
Atabey 1316; Blackmer 1766.