Valentia´s Travels to India, Ceylon, the Red Sea
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VALENTIA, GEORGE ANNESLEY (SECOND EARL OF MOUNTNORRIS). Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt, in the years 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806. I-III. London, printed for William Miller by W. Bulmer & Co., 1809.
4to (305 x 235 mm.), With half-titles, dedication, 3 engraved vignettes headpieces, 8 folding engraved maps, 59 engraved plates, of which 11 of them folding, including a 2 large maps of the Red Sea area [see below] (lacking 1 plate, about 15-20 plates with some foxing and staining, some only to margins, 3 with foxing). Plates after Henry Salt and engraved by Fittler, Landseer, Angus etc.
Untrimmed in 20th century grey paper boards, spines with letterpress paper labels, spines partly faded. Text with some pages browned, some foxing, offsetting from plates to text, throughout partly with pencil notes and some underlinings. 3 vols.
vi, (3, 1 blank, 4), (3), 4-496, (3), ii-iv, (3), 4-520, (4), (1), ii-iii, (1 blank), (3), 4-506, (1) pp. Also withbound: A list of subscribers ... to the publication of the fifth number of The British Gallery. 12 pp. (8vo).
With 2 large folding maps titled: "Part 1st Chart of the Red Sea of which is delineated the coast of Abyssinia... (vol. I, small tear to folding, c. 750 x 600 mm.), "Part 2nd Chart of the Red Sea which is delineated the African & Arabian coasts from Salaka and Jiddah to Suez" (vol. II, by Cooper). Both after John Outhett (active c. 1800-1850), English surveyor and mapmaker.
In vol. III large map by Henry Salt, "A geometrical survey of the city of Alexandria".
Abbey, Travel 515 (note).
Lord Valentia (1770-1844) travelled on a British mission from India to Abyssinia to secure a port on the Red Sea, accompanied by his secretary Henry Salt, after whose drawings the engravings were made. The first volume deals with India and Sri Lanka - with sections on Benares, Calcutta, Lucknow, etc. - the second two volumes cover Abyssinia, Egypt and the Red Sea, including much relating to Mocha and Jeddah.