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Travels in Arabia
London : John Murray, 1838. First edition. Two volumes, octavo, original blindstamped olive green cloth, boards rubbed and marked; spine and upper board of volume 2 sunned), spines lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers; volume 1. xvi, 446 pp., [ii pp. colophon], frontispiece plate of a Valley in Oman (spotting), early ownership inscription to title, map of Oman facing p.1 (only a small portion remaining), plate of Arab and Bishyrean camels facing p.296 (spotting), folding map of Nakab el Hajar facing p.426 (fine); volume 2. x, 472 pp., 12 pp. adverts., frontispiece plate of Mount Sinai (spotting), folding map of the Sinai Peninsula facing p.1 (fine), plate of Jebel Narkous facing p.24 (mild water stain at top edge), folding map of the Red Sea facing p.308 (fine), sketch of Dhalac Island facing p.328 (browned), plate of view of Berenice facing p.334 (fine), plate of inscriptions and plan of the temple at Berenice facing p.337 (mild spotting), plate of inscriptions at Hasan Gorab facing p.424 (water stain at top edge); both volumes with mild foxing to first and last few leaves; a fair first edition set in original binding. Wellsted, a lieutenant in the Indian navy, spent most of his short career surveying and exploring the Red Sea, Arabia and Oman. He undertook a number of expeditions between 1830 and 1837. The first volume of his Travels in Arabia is devoted to Oman, and provides the most comprehensive account of this region that had been published up to that point; the second covers Sinai, the survey of the Gulf of Akabah, and the coasts of Arabia and Nubia.
      [Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books]
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