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Natural History of Aleppo - RUSSELL Patrick RUSSELL Alexander - 1794. 
1794 - RUSSELL, Alexander. The Natural History of Aleppo, Containing a Description of the City". Together with an Account of the Climate, Inhabitants, and Diseases; Particularly the Plague. London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1794. Two volumes. Large thick quarto, contemporary full brown mottled calf rebacked with the original gilt-decorated spines laid down, marbled endpapers. $3800.Second and "best" edition of this comprehensive documentary of 18th-century life in Aleppo, Syria and the effects of the plague of 1741. Revised and expanded by Patrick Russell, it is illustrated with 19 finely engraved plates (six folding) of people, flora and fauna, and a topographical plan of the city.Plagues not only take lives, but livelihoods as well"" the direct result of international quarantine. The quarantine imposed on Aleppo in the mid 18th century created an economic disaster. By 1772, Aleppo's "opulent and orderly world" had suffered enormously, both in terms of its population and its economy (of the 300 outlying villages, for example, only 100 had survived). Alexander Russell's initial intention was to publish "an account of the epidemic diseases at Aleppo, particularly of the Plague," but at the urging of his friend the naturalist John Fothergill, he expanded his work to include "the customs and manners of the inhabitants, the neighborhood of this place, its site, and natural productions." First published in 1756 and expanded by his younger brother Patrick in this second edition, Russell's Natural History "has been described as "one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners extant' (Pinkerton, Voyages and Travels). It was reviewed by Dr. Johnson in the Literary Magazine and was translated into German by Gronovius" (DNB). With errata sheets in both volumes. Cox I, 227. See also Garrison & Morton 5290. Armorial bookplate of John Dawson, probably the 18th-century surgeon and mathematician at Sedbergh.Text surprisingly clean and bright, plates and plan crisply impressed. A fine copy. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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