Sketches on the Shores of the Caspian, Descriptive and Pictorial.
London: Richard Bentley, 1845. 8vo, xiii, 412 pp. Four tinted lithographic plates and four woodcuts in text, all after drawings by the author. Original embossed brown cloth, backstrip gilt-lettered. Small printed bookplate of Wm. Richardson Hunt of Memphis, Tennessee. Gilt bright, front hinge cracking but holding, some foxing, affecting title and plates, a few leaves carelessly opened. Very good. First edition of the author's first and apparently only book. The youthful author spent six months touring Persia as part of an excursion headed by his cousin, James Brant, the English consul at Erzeroom. His account of his observations and experiences is wonderfully detailed. An uncommon work, and unknown to Abbey, who lists only three titles related to Persia. The provenance of this copy is of particular interest: Colonel William Richardson Hunt was one of several noteworthy proprietors of the superb mansion known as the Hunt-Phelan Home, perhaps the grandest and certainly one of the oldest of the historic houses in Memphis.
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