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VALENTIA, George Annesley, Viscount.

Voyages and travels

in India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt in the years 1802, 1803, 1805, and 1806.

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London, William Miller, 1809

George Annesley, Viscount Valentia, was probably the first European traveller in Ethiopia in the nineteenth century.

Valentia left England in June 1802 on the Minerva, for a Grand Tour of the East with Henry Salt. They were both antiquarians and avid collectors. Salt had earlier finished his training with the topographical draughtsman and diarist, Joseph Farington, and Valentia appointed him to be his official artist and secretary for the tour. The first volume deals with India and Sri Lanka - with sections on Benares, Calcutta, Lucknow, Ceylon, etc. - the second two volumes cover Abyssinia and the Red Sea, including much relating to Mocha.

'Salt's work is notable not only because it continues the picturesque tradition, but also because by collecting views from different areas of the East he helped to visually reinforce the distinction between East and West. This polarization reflects the Orientalist-thinking of the time. Salt used the picturesque to

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First edition, 3 volumes, 4to (31.5 x 25.5 cm.), large paper copy, half-titles, 3 engraved vignettes, 69 engraved plates and maps, 11 double-page or folding, plate list at beginning of volume 1, advertisement leaf at end of volume 3, modern half calf gilt, a fine clean set.


Abbey, Travel 515 (note); Godrej and Rohatgi, p52; Hilmy, I, 38; Lowndes VII, 2747.

Stock ID:97048

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