London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1810-1823. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 1/4 x 9"). , xxviii, xxiii, , 812pp; xix, , 715pp, pp (Errata), pp (Publisher's advertisement); , xv, , 20, 822pp; , xx, , 735pp, pp (Errata); xii, , 763pp, pp (Errata); , iv, , 555, pp. Modern half black morocco over dark grey cloth, with gold lettering and ruling to spines. Raised bands. First volume with a striking tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by Richard Golding, after a painting by John Opie. Tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece in each volume.
First edition of Edward Daniel Clarke's magnum opus "Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa" the author's personal account of a fascinating journey throughout three continents.
Following a tour of Scandinavia in 1799, Edward Daniel Clarke (1769-1822) travelled through Russia and the Crimea before proceeding to Constantinople, Rhodes, and afterwards Egypt and Palestine. Greece was the country next visited. While touring this country, Clarke, as a mineralogist and antiquary, collected marbles, coins and vases and purchased a large ancient statue at Eleusis. From Athens he proceeded by land to Constantinople, and after a short stay in that city directed his course homewards through Rumelia, Austria, Germany and France.
Each of the six volumes is lavishly illustrated throughout with numerous in-text vignettes and woodcuts, as well as full-page copper plates (many folded), depicting views, monuments, natives in traditional costume, ceremonies and processions, antiquities, etc.. Includes several folded maps and charts. All the 185 copper plates and 157 vignettes and cuts are accounted for.
Plates engraved by Joseph Skelton, R. Pollard, Laetitia and Elizabeth Byrne, F. R. Hay, J. Fittler, and R. Cooper after illustrations by E. D. Clarke, Angelica Clarke, Guarenghi, Martin, Dreier, W. Havell, Camporesi, J. B. Lusieri, Morritt, W. Harraden, Grelot, Fauvel, G. Wilkins, Henry Wrighte, and Preaux. Most of the delightful vignettes were engraved by Elizabeth and Laetitia Byrne. The maps and plans were engraved by S. I. Neele, and H. Mutlow.
Some offsetting to text pages facing plates. Moderate to heavy foxing to plates throughout. Minor foxing to text pages. Sporadic clear water-staining along edges of plates in second volume (Part 2, section 1). Ex-library copy with perforating library stamp to each title page, and small reference stamp at inner gutter of the first text leaf of each volume (not affecting lettering). Bindings in overall very good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #42750