Oxford: Printed at the Theatre, 1738. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. Half-title, title, 4 page dedication, xv, 1 page errata, 442, 2 pages with title (Collection of such Papers as Serve to Illustrate the Forgoing Observations) and content, 60pp., (8)pp index. 11 maps, 6 of them folding, 20 engravings on 17 plates, 1 plate with musical score, 1 plate with African coins, 1 folding table. Bound in modern calf with velum corners over marbled boards, with gilt lettering and ruling on spine; raised bands. Red edges. Decorative half -title. Title page printed in red and black with large engraving. Engraved head and tail pieces, initials by Gravelot. Other engravings within letterpress.
Shaw's 'Travels' has been praised by Dibdin and others. It is especially regarded for its botanical and zoological illustrations, in addition to the information Shaw provides on the antiquities, geology and geography of the areas he visited. The appendix includes catalogues of plants and animals of Barbary, Egypt and Arabia. (Blackmer 1533). Having visited Egypt, Sinai, Palestine, Cyprus and North Africa, with material on Tunis and Algeria, the author's descriptions have been noted for their accuracy and fidelity by many (Gibbon, Lowndes). The description of the Levant includes a section on Lebanon. "A noble example of typography." (DNB). Binding with very light wear along edges and a little dusty at inside covers. Else in very good+ condition. vg+. Item #46066