ELLIS, Tristram.

On a raft, and through the desert:

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On a raft, and through the desert:
the narrative of an artist’s journey through northern Syria and Kurdistan, by the Tigris to Mosul and Baghdad, and of a return Journey across the desert by the Euphrates and Palmyra to Damascus, over the anti-Lebanon to Baalbek and to Beyrout.
Field & Tuer, London 1881

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On a raft, and through the desert:

Description

Tristram Ellis (1844 – 1922), after studying painting in Paris, began to travel to sketch foreign scenes. In 1878, he spent six months in Cyprus, then under British occupation, where he contracted a fever. Despite this he returned with 50–60 watercolour sketches that were all sold to a dealer after their exhibition in Bond Street in April 1879. This success encouraged him to plan a more ambitious trip, and so on 1 October 1879 he boarded a steamship for Alexandria with the aim of visiting Syria, Asia Minor and Mesopotamia. Ellis succeeded in traveling from the Syrian coast, overland to Diyarbakır in southeast Turkey and then by raft down the Tigris to Mosul and Baghdad in Iraq.From Baghdad, Ellis traveled overland to Palmyra and Damascus in Syria and then to Beirut, Lebanon. After his return, he showed about 90 sketches from his travels, and sold them immediately. The present work contains the narrative of this journey.

Description

First edition. 2 volumes, 4to., [iv], ii, [iv], 122 [ii (ads)]; [viii], 128, [ii (ads) pp., map and 38 etchings by the author, original parchment gilt, red roundel to upper cover, a little soiled, some small stains to covers, endpapers and preliminary leaves spotted, a good copy.

Bibliography

Blackmer 545.

 

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