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Gregory M. Wortabet
Syria, and the Syrians Or, Turkey in the Dependencies [First Edition in Two Volumes]
London: James Madden, 1856, First Edition. Bound by Straker, London, in the original cloth, two volumes with two gilt decorated front boards and two engraved title-page vignettes. Original blue cloth boards decoratively blind-stamped (central design on upper board stamped in gilt), gilt decoration and lettering to spine. Wortabet was a Syrian doctor who travelled to Europe, Africa, Asia and America before returning to his mother country. He was, for a period in the 1870s, resident Ottoman Officer of Health for the Red Sea and is favourably mentioned in Doughty's seminal work, Arabia Deserta. His narrative of a journey through Syria and Palestine is unusually detailed and benefits from local knowledge not present in the mass of 19th century Holy Land travel narratives. Especially useful are the passages on the problems caused by Ottoman rule, which the author deems to have been the primary cause of the Crimean War. Röhricht, 2480. Vol. I xvi, 354pp + 2 pages of advertisements; Vol. II viii, 340pp. Approximately 8 inches tall. Condition Report Externally Spine fair to good condition gilt titles with gilt decoration, worn top and tail with a tear at the top of Vol. I and Vol. II. Joints fair to good condition rubbed, Vol. I has a tear down the front hinge about an inch down from the top, Vol. II has a tear down the front hinge about ½ inch down from the top. Corners good condition bumped and worn. Boards good condition blue cloth boards with blind tooled decoration together with a gilt decoration to the centre of each front board, there is a small white mark on the rear board … [Click Below for Full Description]
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