By John Gadsby
London   John Gadsby
7.5" by 4.5" [5], 6-596, [16pp]
The first edition of this publisher's John Gadsby's descriptions of his journeys to the East, on visits taken for his ill health. Illustrated throughout with numerous in-text engravings.
By John Gadsby

1855 My Wanderings Being Travels in the East in 1846-7, 1850-51, 1852-53

London   John Gadsby
7.5" by 4.5" [5], 6-596, [16pp]
The first edition of this publisher's John Gadsby's descriptions of his journeys to the East, on visits taken for his ill health. Illustrated throughout with numerous in-text engravings.
Special Price £76.00 Regular Price £95.00
: 0.75kgs / : 654P23

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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding

The first edition of this work. 'My Wanderings Being Travels in the East' documents the authors first, second, and third visits to the East, covering the customs, geography, and history of the counties visited in the author's travels. The author was sent to a warmer climate to improve his health and regain strength. By the author's third trip abroad, he found himself tiring of the East; he believed that seeing the sights and sacred history was perfect once, though subsequent trips wear the experience thing, especially whilst being bit by mosquitos, especially when he wasn't making these journeys by choice. However he may have disliked the journeys, his visits meant that he gained a lot of experience of the countries and their culture. He also described his experiences travelling from country to country, offering a nice snapshot of what international travel was like in the mid nineteenth century. The author also offers some advice to his fellow English travellers, such how how to spend your money, and the advice not to travel on any French steamers, because the author claims that all French steamers were dirty. In this work, the author describes his journeys to Malta, Smyrna, Egypt, Cairo, Ethiopia, Jerusalem, Rome, Florence, Venice, and more. A second volume was published in the 1860s, documenting the author's further travels in the East in 1855-56 and 1859-60. Illustrated with sixty-five in-text engravings. Written and published by John Gadsby. This work is a duodecimo/sextodecimo, with the signatures running from B12, C-O16, P-S12, T16, U12, X13, however the pagination is continuous. With one page of publisher's adverts to the rear. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'Frederic Shaw, June 1921'. Collated, lacking the folding map. The first edition of this travelodge describing a journey in the East.

Condition

In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, sound. Light rubbing to the boards. Discolouration and rubbing to the spine. A little tape to the head and tail of the spine. A little loss to the head and tail of the spine. Minor bumping to the extremities. Spine label is lifting a little with a small amount of loss. Front hinge is starting but firm. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the verso to the front endpaper. Small loss to the head of the front endpaper. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot.

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