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A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter A. D. 1697, (Syria)
Printed at the Theater, Oxford 1703 - 12mo, 7 1/2 by 4 3/4, 142 pages, plus 7 unpag pps letters of testimony. Fresh, and historically accurate full calf binding by Fetterer, banded, with gilt lettering and decoration. Foxing to engraved title page, replaced front and rear blank prelims, otherwise, tightly bound, with 9 plates, five are folding. This is actually an uncharacteristically fine copy of a most elusive book in travel and exploration. Plates are uniformly excellent, unsplit foldouts, very sharp impressions, any foxing is trivial. Pages have scattered foxing, esp to the edges, mostly minor other than the engraved title page and the page following, but are generally clean, I find no rips or bends. A rare first edition, uncatalogued by WorldCat / OCLC, although subsequent editions are well represented. Arguably the most important book in the history and culture of travel or tourism, Maundrell writes of his three month journey in a unique way. Previous travel books were generally written from the point of religious fervor, or in vague and fantastic prose, but this book is an accurate description of his travels, his journal, amended for publication, even to offer precise dimensions of the monuments and sights, in his writings and illustrations. This book marks the delineation of the period of tourism per se, previously only for pilgrimages, exploration and the very rich, to the post Maundrell times where more common people could travel for pleasure and excitement, ergo, the start of the modern age of tourism. The book was a posthumous success, 7 editions to 1749, presumably in larger numbers than this first, somewhat heretical, edition. Moreover, Aleppo's success colored almost all travelogues from nearly the first day it was printed, its style was a quick winner, and latter authors were quick to sense this maturation in the taste's of the buying public. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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