MAUNDRELL, Henry.

A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem, at Easter, A.D. 1697.

Also, A Journal from Grand Cairo to Mount Sinai, and Back Again. Translated from a Manuscript written by the Prefetto of Egypt, by the Right Rev. Robert Clayton, Lord Bishop of Clogher. To which is added, a Faithful Account of the Religion and Manners of the Mahometans, by Joseph Pitts.

London: Printed and sold by Richard Edwards, 1817 Stock Code: 139291
£350.00
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Very scarce edition gathering three important Middle Eastern narratives; Library Hub lists one copy only among British and Irish institutional libraries (Manchester), WorldCat adding Haifa Faisal, Harvard, Cleveland, Oberlin, Missouri. Maundrell's account was first published in 1703.

In December 1695, the general court of the Levant Company elected Maundrell as chaplain to their factory at Aleppo in Turkey. "The chaplains to the Levant Company's factories were often distinguished scholars, interested in holy places and in classical sites and civilizations" (ODNB). He arrived in Aleppo in 1696 and died there some five years later having lived quietly providing for the spiritual needs of the small English community there. The present work, however, has guaranteed his enduring fame.

"This scholarly narrative describes in detail the journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem and back, made by Maundrell and fourteen others in 1697. His motive was to undertake an Easter pilgrimage to Jerusalem he gives detailed descriptions of the life and landscapes of Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine, including the agricultural practices of the regions and places encountered, in addition to descriptions of places of religious significance. The factual accounts of the relict features of the ancient worlds are of interest and value, and they are accompanied by careful measurements and plans of major sites such as Baalbek." It ran through 12 editions by 1810 and "and remains an important account of the places and peoples of the region." In his account of the Levant, Curzon remarks on "the superiority of old Maundrell's narrative over all the others, for he tells us plainly and clearly what he saw."

Clayton's translation of the account made by the prefect of the Franciscans in Egypt in 1722 was first published in 1753, Pitts's Faithful Account in 1704. "Pitts was the first Englishman to record his own experiences of the pilgrimage to Mecca, a place strictly prohibited to infidels. His book also gave a detailed account of Muslim rituals, and the family life, customs, and cookery of the Turkish Algerians among whom he resided" (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo (210 x 124 mm). Late 20th century dark green quarter morocco, gilt lettered spine, moderate green buckram sides, pale yellow endpapers.

Illustrations

8 engraved plates (including a portrait of Maundrell and folding view of Mecca).

Condition

A little dusty, a few ink smudges in places. A good copy in a plain binding that has the virtue of opening easily at the printed pages.

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