A journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem, at Easter, A.D.1697 … also, a journal from Grand Cairo to Mount Sinai, and back again. Translated from a manuscript written by the Prefetto of Egypt, by the Right Rev.Robert Clayton, Bishop of Clogher.
London, J.White & Co. and J.Nunn 1810.
8vo. xi + (1) + 282pp, 15 engraved plates (including folding frontispiece). Mid nineteenth century full panelled calf (by J.Clarke), a little worn and scratched, neatly rebacked using original gilt tooled spine. Early twentieth century bookplate, with original owner’s name erased in ink. Pages and engraved plates lightly browned and intermittently spotted (due to the character of the paper on which they are printed).
The first of the two items included in this volume is a narrative of his travels in Syria and Palestine by Rev.Henry Maundrell (1665-1701), Chaplain to the Levant Company’s factory at Aleppo (it incorporates Maundrell’s account of a shorter journey taken by him in April 1699). The first edition of Maundrell’s manuscript had been published at Oxford in 1703 under the supervision of Henry Aldrich, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and a well-known amateur architect, and it was Aldrich who supplied the drawings for the majority of the nine plates of sites in Syria and Palestine that were used to illustrate the edition of 1703. A subsequent edition published in 1714 was to include six additional plates, and of these, four, illustrating the ruins of Baalbek, were engraved from drawings supplied by Nicholas Hawksmoor. The plates in the present edition are reasonably accurate later copies of those done for the editions of 1703 and 1714.The present edition also incorporates a translation by Robert Clayton (1695-1758), Bishop of Clogher, of a manuscript account by a (Italian ?) Franciscan friar of a journey from Cairo to Mount Sinai and back, undertaken by him and by fellow Roman Catholic clerics in September – October 1722. Clayton had himself travelled on the European continent when a young man, and he may well have acquired the friar’s manuscript at that time. Clayton’s translation had originally been issued as a separate publication in 1753, but it makes a useful addition to Maundrell’s narrative. BAL Cat 4086 (1740 edition of Maundrell, which, like other earlier editions, does not include the Cairo – Mount Sinai narrative).