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The Natural History of Aleppo, and Parts Adjacent. Containing A Description of the City, and the Principal Natural Productions in its Neighbourhood; together with An Account of the Climate, Inhabitants, and Diseases; particularly of the Plague, with the Methods used by Europeans for their Preservation.
A Millar, London 1756 - A good copy of the 1st edition of this rare work (actual date 1756 although title page has 1856). With 16 of 17 fine folding black and white plates, 8 drawn by G D Ehret. Alexander Russell was a physician and naturalist, who became a fluent arabic speaker when working in Aleppo. This work provides an authoritative study of Aleppo and the surrounding area, local diseases, and in-depth study of the plague. In contemporary full leather binding with new spine with raised bands and title label, and recovered corners. With armorial bookplate of Mansfeldt Forster Mills on the front pastedown (probably the Director of the Sheffield Banking Company 1821-?1896), and small ink inscription at the top of the title page 'Eliza Mills to her son, N W Mills'. All the plates are folding: 8 botanical (by Ehret), 3 of birds, 2 of fish and 3 of local people. Plate 10 has a crease and Plate 17 is missing. A map from another work showing Canaan has been pasted in at the rear. The binding has some light scuffing to boards, but is in very good condition. Internally, some pages have light brown toning, there is some offsetting from the plates and there is the odd mark/spotting but overall the contents are in good clean condition. A couple of plates have been trimmed quite closely at the bottom margin. 266 pp plus 9 pp index and 1pge Errata. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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