The Rivers and Lakes of Scripture.London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1857 Stock Code: 144152
First edition of this delightful and uncommon book, presented here in a remarkably bright example of the most attractive original cloth binding. The majority of views are of Jordan, but there are also landscapes in Syria, and near the Tigris and Euphrates. This is a fine example of Victorian book production, included by Bamber Gascoigne in his Milestones in Colour Printing (1997).
William King Tweedie (1803-1863), a prominent Free Church of Scotland minister and prolific author, was a convenor of the Free Church's Foreign Missions Committee: "it was in this role, a demanding but unglamorous one, that he performed his most valuable service to his church. The whole missionary effort of the Free Church was underpinned by Tweedie's voluminous correspondence" (ODNB).
Large octavo. Original red morocco-grain cloth, gilt-lettered spine ornately gilt blocked, sides with ornamental panels in blind, gilt block to front cover showing Arabs among palm trees and foliage with a mosque and minaret in the background, pale yellow coated-endpapers, all edges gilt.
18 tissue-guarded chromolithographic views in fawn and blue on 12 plates, and 2 engraved maps.
Contemporary gift inscription on front free endpaper. Spine just a little sunned, a scatter of foxing (not affecting the plates); a very good copy indeed.
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