Lot 1311: Robert Curzon VISITS TO THE MONASTERIES OF THE LEVANT 1865 Antique Travel & Exploration Near Eastern History Woodcut Illustrations Decorative Binding
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Visits to the Monasteries of the Levant
Author: Robert Curzon - Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche, styled The Honourable Robert Curzon between 1829 and 1870, was an English traveler, diplomat and author, active in the Near East. He was responsible for acquiring several important and late Biblical manuscripts from Eastern Orthodox monasteries.
Publisher: John Murray
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxiv/367 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: The purpose of Curzon's trip was to obtain examples of early manuscripts for a project to illustrate the early history and development of writing. He visited the libraries of ancient monasteries, as well as other out-of-the-way places.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is handsomely bound in blind-stamped black leather, with stamped gilt decoration/lettering on the front cover and spine. The exterior is largely well preserved, showing only mild edge wear, most evident at the corners. The binding is sound. The pages exhibit light age toning, and some of the preliminaries are lightly foxed. The volume is adorned with marbled endpapers.
This work is illustrated with numerous woodcuts, including a frontispiece view of the great monastery of Meteora.
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