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WILDE, William Robert Wills.

Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the Shores of the Mediterranean,

including a Visit to Algiers, Egypt, Palestine, Tyre, Rhodes, Telmessus, Cyprus, and Greece, with Observations on the Present State and Prospects of Egypt and Palestine, and on the Climate, Natural History,and Antiquities of the Countries visited.

Dublin: William Curry and Company, 1852 Stock Code: 122917
£750.00
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Although described on the title page as the second edition "enlarged and revised", this a one-volume edition following a two-volume second edition of 1844. The first was published in 1840. The cruise undertaken by Oscar Wilde's father as medical assistant to Glasgow magnate Robert Meiklam, was to "absent himself temporarily from Dublin for either reasons of health, or as a consequence of his having fathered a child out of wedlock"; the publication "established him as a Dublin savant" (ODNB). A superior travelogue, Wilde's work includes his "notes on the climate, natural history, topography and state of medicine in the places that he visited". Tobler describes him as "an accurate and well-informed observer". This edition is particularly uncommon, Library Hub recording only a single location, at Glasgow University, and WorldCat adding four - Northwestern, Harvard, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the American University in Cairo.

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Description

Octavo. Original purple cloth, title gilt to the spine together with a block of a statue of a pharaoh, concentric panels in blind to the boards, brilliant yellow surface-paper endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved plan of Jerusalem with outline colour, similar chart of the coast of Tyre, numerous wood-engraved illustrations to the text.

Condition

Just a little rubbed, spine sunned, mild bubbling on the front board, corners knocked, front hinge just started, light browning, a very good copy indeed.

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