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GORDON, Charles George.

Reflections in Palestine. 1883.

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Published: London Macmillan and Co., 1884

Stock Code: 124625

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Notes

First edition. Reflections in Palestine was published "not only with the sanction of General Gordon, but by his express wish and injunction. Their contents are the fruits of meditation and inquiry during his prolonged sojourn in the Holy Land from January to December, 1883" (Prefatory Note). "Palestine in those days was a backwater province of the Ottoman Empire peopled by Arabs, a smattering of mostly Russian Jews, and various Christian pilgrims and missionaries from Europe and North America. Visiting the assorted sites connected with Christ's life and teaching was something Gordon had wished to do for some time, and he did so keenly, but his primary activity soon became trying to determine the exact location of Golgotha, the site of Christ's crucifixion and nearby resurrection" (C. Brad Faught, Gordon: Victorian Hero, 2008). Lytton Strachey's unforgettable portrait of Gordon at this time opens with the line, "During the year 1883, a solitary English gentleman was to be seen, wandering, with a thick book under his arm, in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem" (Eminent Victorians, 1918).

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Description

Octavo. Original pale grey cloth ruled in red and black, spine and front cover lettered in black, dark slate-green coated endpapers.

Illustrations

3 maps on 2 plates (coloured in outline), 3 small diagrams in the text.

Condition

Pencilled ownership inscription at head of half-title: "Alfred Baldwin. June - 1884" (possibly the industrialist and politician, 1841-1908). Binding lightly soiled, rust marks showing through at spine and front joint, also at gutter of title and prelims, front cover slightly dished, nevertheless a good clean copy.

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