London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1787. First English language edition. Hardcover. Complete in 2 volumes. 8vo. xii, 418pp. iv, 500pp. &  index and  errata. Contemporary leather, expertly rebacked. Gold-tooled edges. Volumes rest in custom-made modern brown & tan cloth clamshell box with gold lettering on spine. Travelogue of the liberal French aristocrat Constantin François Chasseboeuf, Comte de Volney, who toured the Middle East from 1782-85. Chasseboeuf described the climate, geography, politics and social life of Ègypt, Palestine and Syria. This work was first published in 1787 in French as "Voyage en Égypt et en Syrie" and immediately translated into English. Includes 2 fold-out maps of Egypt and Syria in volume I. Volume II contains 3 fold-out copper engravings of the square court of the Temple at Balbec and the ruins of Palmyra, as well as a fold-out plan of the Temple of the Sun at Balbec. Ex-libris of previous owner on inside of front covers. Wear on bottom corners, top corners rubbed. Shelf wear to parts of edges. Some staining and minor abrasions on endpapers. Front free endpaper in vol. II reinforced with white binders tape along gutter. Foxing on maps, two closed tears on margins and outer edges of maps. Minor sporadic foxing to other plates and to leaves throughout. Tight set in overall good to very good condition, slipcase fine. vg. Item #21178
Constantin François Chasseboeuf is famous in American history as one of the French Revolutionary agents in the United States whose provocative actions brought about a wave of anti-French hysteria and led to the passing of the Alien and Sedition Acts.