Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Barbary, by CHATEAUBRIAND, François…

CHATEAUBRIAND, François René, vicomte de, (1758-1848).

Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Barbary, during the Years 1806 and 1807, by F.A. de Chateaubriand. Translated from the French by Frederic Shoberl. Second Edition. In two volumes. Vol I [-II]. London, Henry Colburn, 1812.

Second Edition in English. Two volumes, 8vo, (21 x 120 mm), pp. [iii]-vi, ix-xii, 418; [ii], 383, [1] advertisements, large folding map (210 x 520), with tear and small loss (max 15 x 40 mm) near lower margin, wanting the two leaves of advertisements sometimes found between the preface and the introduction, some foxing and browning in text, in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, bindings a little brittle, joints split on the first volume, but just about holding, with the later Tervoe bookplate.

A working copy of Chateaubriand’s popular travel account, Itinéraire de Paris à Jérusalem, 1811, which originated as a research trip for a book on the Roman persecution of the early Christians. With a wealth of material on Jerusalem, Constantinople, the Dead Sea, the Nile, Greece and Egypt, Chateaubriand’s romantic sensibility informs all aspects of his account, from religion and customs to architecture and antiquity. The work was extremely popular in Shoberl’s translation, with numerous editions published in England and America, with a variety of plates. The present copy has just the one folding map.

‘Those who admire this author’s manner and style will be gratified with these travels: and those who dislike them, may still gleen much information on antiquities, manners, customs, religion, etc.’ (Lowndes).

Lowndes 423 (1st edn).

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