Burckhardt undertook the journey to Mecca in 1814, disguised as an arab, using the name Sheik Ibrahim. His was the first accurate description of the Hedjaz including Mecca and Medina to reach Europe. This posthumous account was prepared for the press by Leake and Ouseley. The plates include plans of Mecca and Medina.
First edition. 4to., xvi, 478 pp., leaf of ads at end, Folding map, 4 engraved plates, half-title, light foxing to plates and offsetting from plates to text, later roan-backed cloth boards, a very good copy.
Henry George Lyons (1864-1944), geologist and director of the Science Museum (ink inscription to half-title). As a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers Lyon was posted to Cairo in 1890 and surveyed several Egyptian temples.
Cf Blackmer 239 (2nd ed).
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