Griffiths, J[ohn]. Travels in Europe, Asia Minor, and Arabia.

London, T. Cadell & W. Davies (printed by John Brown in Edinburgh), 1805.

Large 4to. XIX, (1), 396 pp. With engraved frontispiece (W. I. Thomson pinx., E. Mitchell sculp.), engr. folding map, and 4 engr. plates (2 folding). Later marbled half calf with giltstamped red spine label.


First edition, dedicated to the travel writer Elizabeth Craven (Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach, formerly wife of the Earl of Berkeley, and friend of Horace Walpole). Griffiths travelled the Orient in 1785 in Greek disguise. His journey took him via Constantinople and Chios, Smyrna, Sardis, Konia, and Taurus to Syria, Antioch, and Aleppo. In Mascat, Oman, he gives a rather baffled account of an oriental dance ("nautch").

Some browning due to paper, but well-preserved. An untrimmed copy.

Atabey 530. Blackmer 755 (wanting half-title). Weber II, 607 (counting 2 plates only). Gay 3573. Graesse III, 155. OCLC 4951921.