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AINSWORTH, William Francis.

Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;

forming Part of the Labours of the Euphrates Expedition.

Published: London: John W. Parker, 1838

Stock code: 95148

Price: £1,250

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First edition. “Ainsworth was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to the Euphrates expedition. This account of the geological work [of the expedition] is dedicated to Francis Chesney head of the expedition. Ainsworth produced this work very quickly, long before Chesney’s own account had appeared” (Atabey). The expedition was intended to “examine the feasibility of opening up the Mesopotamian rivers to steam navigation as a new route to India, as well as asserting British political presence in the area, promoting British commercial ties, and gathering scientific and archaeological data” (ODNB). Ainsworth contributed ” geological sections across northern Syria and the Taurus Mountains, discovered several deposits of commercially important minerals in Mesopotamia and Anatolia, and explored a substantial part of south-east Persia”.

Octavo. Original blue-green finely diapered cloth, title gilt to the spine, panels and elaborate strapwork centre-tool to the boards, cream surface-paper endpapers. Tinted lithographic frontispiece, steel-engraved title-page vignette and 4 further similar vignettes, 3 extensive, folding hand-coloured geological sections at the rear. A little rubbed, spine sunned, corners bumped and slight string-notches to the fore-edges of the boards, small patch at the fore-edge of the upper board rubbed through, some foxing to the frontispiece, largely verso, light browning, but overall a very good copy, hinges tight and text and plates clean.

Bibliography: Atabey 10; Howgego II, C26; not in Blackmer, Weber or Wilson.

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