Century, 1983, Softcover, Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First Paperback
Century Travellers Series; cover illust. taken from the collection of paintings at the Mathaf Gallery (London); text illustrated by b/w. drawings; introduction by John Julius Norwich; "In the early years of the nineteenth century, a steady flow of artists, scholars and aristocrats on the Grand Tour began to arrive in the Middle East, drawn irresistibly by the mystery and romance of the Levant. Robert Curzon was both scholar and aristocrat combining a love of antiquities and rare manuscripts with a particularly English quality of ironical understatement and self-mockery. He set off on his travels to rescue the hidden treasures of the Monasteries of the Levant. Many of the priceless manuscripts he recovered are now the prized property of the British Museum but when he found them they were often used as no more than foot stools to protect the monks' knees from damp., However, this is much more than a tale about the search for rare books. It is packed with incident and adventure and moments of hideous danger. His description of the mass asphyxiation of over 500 people in the temple in Jerusalem in his presence is both enthralling and horrifyingly real."; tiny dent in rear cover is only fault Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 423 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Travel & Places; 19th century; Religion & Theology. ISBN: 071260104X. ISBN/EAN: 9780712601047. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: TVL00036.