TRAVELS IN ASSYRIA, MEDIA, AND PERSIA by J.S. Buckingham - 1830[2 vols, 2nd Ed.]


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Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia

by J.S. Buckingham 

Second edition, two volumes.  London:  Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.  

Hardback two-volume set is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Marbled paper covers are mostly clean, with bright colors and gilt tooled decoration.  
  • Three-quarter leather bound in dark brown calf.
  • Boards show some edgewear and warping.  Corners are worn, with exposed board.  Please see photographs for details of condition.
  • Spine has gilt text and decoration, with bumped and frayed ends.   
  • Binding is strong.   
  • Ex libris book features an owner's bookplate on front pastedown.
  • Marble endpapers show little to no sign of age or wear.  
  • Endpapers and feps have notable foxing and staining.   
  • Volume 1
    • has gift inscription on title page, some foxing and staining.  
  • Volume 2 
    • has owner inscription on title page; corners folded down at Page 124.  Please see photographs for detailed view.  
  • Frontispiece, a foldout map, is present with intact tissue guard.  Map is creased and darkened along one fold; a closed tear at point of attachment.  Please see photographs.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.   
  • Interior is age-toned, exhibits scattered moderate foxing and some stains. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges are marbled to match covers.   
  • PS2022.0645

Vol. 1 508 pages, Vol. 2 466 pages.  5.5 x 8.5 inches.

The full title of this handsome two volume set reads thus: "Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia, including A Journey from Bagdad by Mount Zagros, to Hamadan, the Ancient Ecbatana, Researches in Ispahan and the Ruins of Persepolis, and Journey from Thence by Shiraz and Shapoor to the Sea-Shore; description of Bussorah, Bushire, Bahrein, Ormuz, and Muscat; Narrative of an Expedition against the pirates of the Persian Gulf, with Illustrations of the voyage of Nearchus, and Passage by the Arabian Sea to Bombay."

 The fourth book of travelogue from the author J.S. Buckingham. With black and white illustrations, and foldout map in Volume 1, and Index at the back of Volume 2.

 This copy is notable for its ownership. Gifted in 1830 to Alexander Penrose Gordon Cumming, Scottish landowner, by D.W. Tallents, at Altyre, one of Cumming's properties. More notable and notorious was Cumming's son, whose bookplate is present on the front pastedown of each volume.

 Sir W.G. Gordon Cumming, 4th Baronet (1848-1930), heir of his father's properties, was a soldier, adventurer, and socialite. A friend of Edward, Prince of Wales, for more than twenty years, Cumming was the central figure in a baccarat scandal in 1891, accused of cheating while guest at a house party in Yorkshire. A slander suit ensued, and the result was Cumming' ostracization from polite society. He subsequently married an American heiress, but never regained his place in society.


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