Travels, by SHAW, Thomas

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‘a noble example of typography’ (ODNB).
SHAW, Thomas

Travels, or Observations relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant. By Thomas Shaw, D.D. Fellow of Queen’s-College in Oxford, and F.R.S. Oxford, at the Theatre, 1738.

First Edition. Folio (350 x 215 mm), pp. [viii], xv, [i], 442, [2], 60, [8] index, title page printed in red and black, with the half-title, with 11 folding engraved maps, plans and charts (of which 6 folding), 1 folding engraved table and 20 further engraved plates, on 17 leaves (3 leaves have engravings on recto and verso), one page of engraved music in the text, one double-sided plate coming a little loose and a little dog-eared, plentiful smaller engravings in the text, head- and tail-pieces and engraved initials, also numerous plans, diagrams and inscriptions in the body of the text, in contemporary mottled calf, worn, extremities rubbed through the leather, remnant of label on spine, both joints cracking but cords still holding, with the contemporary heraldic bookplate of Philip Eyre.

A delightful as well as an important work, crammed full of elegant illustrations, this is an honest copy in a contemporary binding that has been well used. Thomas Shaw was chaplain to the English factory at Algiers between 1720 and 1733 during which time he travelled widely throughout North Africa, Egypt and Cyprus researching geology, geography, natural history, and antiquities. The stunning botanical and zoological plates in this work are dedicated to prominent figures of the time including Richard Mead and Sir Robert Walpole.
‘These travels have been universally esteemed, not only for their accuracy and fidelity, but on account of the illustrations they contain of natural history, of the classic authors, and especially of the Scriptures’ (Lowndes).

Blackmer 1533-1534; Lowndes II, 2372.

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