Sale 624 Lot 28
* BURCKHARDT, John Lewis (1784-1817). Travels in Nubia. London: John Murray, 1819.
4to (267 x 209 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 engraved maps (2 folding). (Slight spotting to portrait and maps.) Half calf, contemporary marbled boards (modern tan calf rebacking). Provenance: William Oliver Rutherfurd, Edgerston (bookplate); David Graham (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Burckhardt's posthumously published journals of his journey down the Nile and across the Nubian desert, a "balanced, objective and often sympathetic account of the Arab world" (Hamilton). Burckhardt "left Aleppo in 1812 and made his way to Cairo; he then carried out two journeys: one along the upper Nile and the other through the Nubian desert. These travels were edited from Burckhardt's journals by Leake; he also wrote the biographical memoir which is prefaced to the travels" (Blackmer). See Blackmer 238 (second edition); see Hamilton, Europe and the Arab World 57; Howgego II, B76.