A Survey of the Holy Land;
its Geography, History, and Destiny. Designed to elucidate the imagery of scripture, and demonstrate the fulfilment of prophecy. With an Introduction by the Rev. W. Marsh. Eleventh Thousand.Bath: Binns and Goodwin, [c.1851] Stock Code: 142663
An attractive copy of Bannister's Survey of the Holy Land, first published in 1843. Bannister's illustrated narrative is a key example of the mid-nineteenth century genre of biblical travel writing, which viewed the landscape with "historical significance and rich symbolism" creating an "evocative tableaux" for western readers (Henes, p. 106).
Octavo. Original red cloth, bound by Josiah Westley, titles to spine in gilt, vignette in gilt to front cover, spine and covers blocked in blind with elaborate floral design, edges gilt, yellow coated endpapers.
16 pp. publisher's catalogue at end. Hand-coloured frontispiece and title page vignette, 9 black and white plates, 4 folding plates, and several illustrations in the text.
Gift inscription to Eliza Jane Potter dated 1851 to front free endpaper, bookplate of discerning naval bibliophile Robert Hayhurst to front pastedown. Minor rubbing to board edges, cloth bright with just a couple of nicks, faint offsetting to endpapers, occasional light foxing, folding plates notably well-preserved, overall an appealing copy in very good condition.
Mary Henes and Brian H. Murray, Travel Writing, Visual Culture, and Form, 1760-1900 (2016).
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