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A Summer Ramble in Syria, with a Tartar Trip from Aleppo to Stamboul
London: Richard Bentley,, 1835. 2 volumes octavo (213 × 132 mm) Contemporary maroon morocco, title gilt directly to the spine, flat bands with thistle tools gilt, boards with central lozenge device composed of drawer-handle and strapwork tools within an arabesqued panel in blind, all edges gilt, pale cream surface-paper endpapers. Lithographed frontispiece to each. A little rubbed at the extremities, some foxing of the prelims., light browning, later collector's bookplate to the front pastedowns, a very good set. First edition. An uncommon and entertaining narrative, commended by the reviewer of The London & Westminster Review as of "more than ordinary merit", Monro's "descriptions are spirited and graphic; his style is lively and idiomatic, devoid of stiffness or affectation" and "without making any pretensions to the higher qualities required of a traveller … [he] possesses qualifications of another kind, in a degree not possessed by the majority of travellers; an adventurous and determined spirit, and great capability of enduring fatigue and privation" (Volume XXV, June and July, 1836). Monro had graduated with a BA from University College, Oxford, in 1823, MA, 1826; ordained in 1825, and in 1826 appointed curate of Stokesley, Diocese of York, his contemporary reviewer remarking that he was proof that "the race of hard-riding parsons" was not extinct in England. The Egyptian leg of Monro's journey was written up by his travelling companion James Augustus St. John - an odd fringe figure in the worlds of London radicalism and orientalism - in his Egypt and Mohammed Ali (1834), which is dedicated to Monro. The plates show a pilgrim encampment on the banks of the Jordan, and Monro's bivouac on Mount Lebanon, "previous to passing the snow". This copy inscribed on both free endpapers in 1843 as an Eton leaving present from Thomas Lister, 3rd Baron Ribblesdale to his friend Henry John Reynolds-Moreton, 3rd Earl of Ducie, as Lord Moreton. A desirable nineteenth-century account of the region, in an attractive example of an Eton gift binding.
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