A Selection of Views in Egypt, Palestine, Rhodes, Italy, Minorca, and Gibraltar, from the original drawings executed during a visit to those places . With a Geographical and Historical Description to each View, in English and French. Cooper WILLYAMS.
A Selection of Views in Egypt, Palestine, Rhodes, Italy, Minorca, and Gibraltar, from the original drawings executed during a visit to those places . With a Geographical and Historical Description to each View, in English and French.

A Selection of Views in Egypt, Palestine, Rhodes, Italy, Minorca, and Gibraltar, from the original drawings executed during a visit to those places . With a Geographical and Historical Description to each View, in English and French.

London, Printed for John Hearne, 1822. Hardcover. folio, [ii], 36p., plus 36 coloured aquatint plates, interleaved, in later nineteenth-century half dark brown morocco, gilt ruled raised bands, gilt ruled on the boards, cloth boards, top edge gilt, small armorial bookplate of Zenas Crane, browning and some spotting on the margins; one plate has a few heavy spots in lower margin; usual offsetting of plates to text; some slight wear marks on the boards, a very good attractive complete copy. (cgc) Abbey, Travel, 198; Blackmer 1814; Ibrahim-Hilmy 11: 335; Lipperheide 570; Tooley 511; R"hricht 148. This work is based on Willyams' earlier work, "A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure", (1802) and published posthumously. Thirty-two of the plates have been "re-aquatinted and re-etched in some passages, presumably owing to wear. " These are signed (Willyams/Stadler). Three of these signed plates (nos. 9, 17 and 26 in Abbey) are not listed in the plate-list, although "they should always be present. " There are, in addition, four plates that were not in the earlier edition, published by Hearne. All of the plates are on thick paper and, where a watermark is discernible, it reads "Turkey Mill 1822"; the interleaves, also thick paper, are watermarked "J. Whatman. " Willyams served as chaplain to the Royal Navy in the squadron led by Horatio Nelson and took part in the battle of the Nile in 1798. He wrote and illustrated several books, including one on the West Indies, but his most famous one was his 1802 account of this battle, from which this work derives. Zenas Crane (bookplate) was a founder of Crane Paper Company of Dalton, Massachusetts and his namesake, to whom in all likelihood this book belonged, was a well-known philanthropist in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A notation on the front paste-down reads: "Bought in London 1894. " London, John Hearne, 1822. In-folio, burgundy half-morocco with corners, spine with ornate ribbing (Modern Rel.). Very nice album of 36 watercolor plates, drawn by C. Willyams and engraved by J. C. Stadler, legends in English. The descriptive texts are given in French and English and were posthumously based on the work by Willyams, naval chaplain, published in 1802 under the title A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty s Ship the Swiftsure adorned with 43 boards ; 32 of these 43 plates have been reworked for this new title, with 4 new engravings. Some foxing, loaded onto white pages. Books. Item #40210

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