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The Holy city; or historical and topographical - WILLIAMS, George - 1845. 
London John W. Parker 1845 - First edition. 8vo, (23 x 14.5 cm), xvi, 512pp., 10 pages ads dated March 1845 at end, lithographed frontispiece, title-page vignette, double-page engraved map, 10 lithographic plates after W.F. Fitts including large folding birds-eye view of Jerusalem; original blue cloth gilt, cross of Jerusalem to upper cover, spine faded, neat repairs to extremities, a very good copy. Thorough, inquisitive and beautifully illustrated work on the history and topography of Jerusalem. Reverent George Williams (18141878) was an English cleric, academic and topographer. A son of a book publisher, he was born, raised and educated in Eton. In 1837 Williams was ordained, and in September 1838 he was appointed by Eton College to the perpetual curacies of Great Bricet and Wattisham, which he held until 1840. In 1841 he was appointed by Archbishop Howley to accompany Bishop Alexander as chaplain to Jerusalem, and stayed there until May 1843. During his time in the holy city Williams accumulated an extensive knowledge of the topography of Jerusalem which was, in his lifetime, unsurpassed by any other English writer. In 1845 he brought out the volume entitled The Holy City, with illustrations by the Rev. William Frederick Witts. A second edition was published in 1849. For this highly accurate work on the history and topography of Jerusalem Williams was awarded a medal for literary merit by the King of Prussia. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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