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Travels In Georgia, Persia, Armenia, Ancient Babylonia, &c. &c. During The Years 1817. 1818. 1819, and 1820
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, 1821. First edition. leather_bound. Full modern scarlet morocco. All edges speckled sepia. 2 vols. Fine/No Dust Jacket. (XXIII) 720, 869 pages. 28 x 21.5. 88 plates, five in color, 27 folding with two portrait frontispieces and two fold-out maps, plus wood engravings in the text. Our copy collates with all ABBEY TRAVEL 359, including no half-title, or plate list in Vol. I, but listed in second volume only. Plates are identical though some difference in plate numbering and positioning -- "A Persian Lady," noted as plate 5 by Abbey is plate 4 in this copy. Errata list and two advert pages Vol. II. Media for illustrations: uncolored line and stipple engravings, line engravings, colored and uncolored aquatints. Porter left St. Petersburg in August, 1817 which took him through the Caucasus to Teheran. His account of Persia remains today an important source for the region. At Persopolis he made drawings of the monuments and transcribed a number of cuneiform inscriptions, of great interest in the history of Assyriology. He traveled further to Shiraz, Isfahan, Ecbatana (a stop on the Silk Road, and a royal residence during the Parthian age), and Baghdad, then on to Scutari following the route of Xenophon's Persian expedition with the Ten Thousand. Porter was the first in modern times to locate the mausoleum of Cyrus The Great near Shiraz. Some occasional minor plate toning; nevertheless a very fresh copy. Binding not signed, raised bands, spine panels in elaborate gilt motifs, cover border panels, corners and center gilt decorated, inner dentelles, and marbled endpapers.
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