BRUCE, JAMES. 'TRAVELS TO DISCOVER THE SOURCE OF THE NILE, IN THE YEARS 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, AND 1773'. EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY J. RUTHVEN FOR G.G.J. AND J. ROBINSON, 1790 [WITH]: MURRAY, ALEXANDER. 'ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF JAMES BRUCE, OF KINNAIRD'. EDINBURGH: GEORGE RAMSAY AND COMPANY, 1808
2,500 - 3,500 USD
- 'Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773'. Edinburgh: Printed by J. Ruthven for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1790 [with]: Murray, Alexander. 'Account of the Life and Writings of James Bruce, of Kinnaird'. Edinburgh: George Ramsay and Company, 1808
- Paper, ink, leather
Together 6 volumes, 4to (11 7/8 x 9 1/4 in.; 301 x 235mm). Engraved vignettes on title-pages, 58 engraved plates, 3 folding engraved maps; foxing, offsetting, one or two closed marginal tears, some marginal repairs, minor toning, some dampstaining to plates (vol. III). Uniform contemporary diced russia, boards with gilt rules, edges speckled, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers; rebacked, extremities rubbed, some chips to calf.
Lady Meux (ownership signature to front free endpapers and to verso of plates) — Humphrey Winterton (bookplate to front pastedowns) — Sotheby's London, 14 May 2013, lot 164
Blackmer 221; Hilmy I:91; Nissen ZBI 617
First edition. James Bruce of Kinnaird had studied Arabic and Ethiopic and was British Consul at Algiers. Although primarily describing Egypt and Abyssinia, the author also visited Cyprus and spent three months in Jedda on his outward journey.