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BEKE, Charles Tilstone.

The Late Dr. Charles Beke’s Discoveries of Sinai in Arabia and of Midian.

Edited by his widow.

Published: London: Trübner & Co., 1878

Stock code: 112329

Price: £250

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First edition. “In December 1873 Beke left England on his last trip, designed to vindicate an argument first made in his Origines [biblica, 1834] concerning the geography of Mount Sinai and the Red Sea. He returned to England the following March and died suddenly on 31 July 1874 … The results of the Red Sea expedition were posthumously edited and published in 1878 by his widow, Emily,… The 1878 volume, considered by some contemporaries to be his most important, aroused considerable controversy at the time, but left no lasting mark on biblical research” (ODNB). Much of Beke’s scholarship sought to harmonise recent scientific discoveries, especially in the field of geology, with a belief in the Bible as divine revelation.

Large octavo (240 x 155 mm). Original red cloth over bevelled boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, two-line frame enclosing pictorial vignette gilt to front board, similar frame in blind to rear board, all edges gilt, brown coated endpapers. Photographic portrait frontispiece with facsimile signature and tissue-guard, 13 engraved plates, 2 plates of tables and graphs, folding lithographic map in partial colour to rear. With the errata slip tipped in to the contents leaf. Rubbed and marked overall, cockling to spine, headcaps refurbished with a little fraying to foot, contemporary label of Mudie’s Select Library pasted to front board not affecting image, label of Worcester Public Library to front pastedown (inscribed “sold by order June ’95”), very mild occasional foxing short closed tear to map fold just touching image. A good copy.

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