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WALPOLE, Frederick.

The Ansayrii, and the Assassins,

with Travels in the Further East, in 1850-51. Including a visit to Nineveh.

Published: London: Richard Bentley, 1851

Stock code: 109140

Price: £1,250

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First edition, uncommon. “An account of journeys in 1850-51 through Ottoman lands, with the primary intent of exploring the mountains of an Ismaili sect known as the Ansayrii or Assassins, between Safyta and Nahr El Kebir (northern Lebanon-Syria). The book includes a detailed description of the Ansayrii, their customs, and way of life, as observed by the author during his sojourn among them. Also descriptions of Asia Minor as far north as Trebizond” (Ghani). Frederick Walpole (1822-1876), third son of the earl of Orford, was a British naval officer who earlier had written an account of a Pacific voyage in Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty’s Ship Collingwood from 1844 to 1848 (London, 1849).

3 volumes, octavo. Original brick red cloth, gilt lettered and blind stamped spines, ornamental blind stamped border on sides, yellow coated endpapers. Lithograph portrait frontispiece of the author by G. Remy in volume I, two other engraved frontispieces of scenes by J. W. Cook. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper of each volume of Charles Bowles Hare (1841-1911), Bristol businessman. Spines toned, a little rolled and chipped at foot, sides slightly discoloured, a touch of wear to joints, internally clean, terminal advertisement leaf in each volume, and all frontispieces present (which is not usual).

Bibliography: Ghani, Iran and the West, p.387 (calling for frontispieces in volumes I and II only); Röhricht, Bibliotheca geographica Palaestinae, p. 448; not in Atabey or Wilson.

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