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The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Valpy French First Bishop of Lahore.

The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Valpy French First Bishop of Lahore.

BIRKS, Herbert, The Rev. FIRST EDITION. 2 vols. 8vo (23 x 15 cm.). pp.xxiv+407; ix+422+[2, ads). Original blue cloth gilt. Bindings lightly worn, generally very good. Volume one with photographic portrait frontispiece, 3 plates and a map; volume 2 with photographic frontispiece of the Cathedral at Lahore and and view of the Cemetery at Muscat and two maps including one of the middle east including the Persian Gulf Thomas Valpy French (1 January 1825 – 14 May 1891) was an English Christian Missionary in India and Persia, who became the first Bishop of Lahore, in 1877, and also founded the St. John's College, Agra, in 1853.[1][2] After Henry Martyn, French is considered the second most important Christian missionary to the Middle East. French reached Muscat, on his final missionary work, on 8 February 1891 and became the first missionary to visit the region; he had just started setting up his work there, when his health started failing, and having been cared for by Portuguese Catholics he died on 14 May 1891 in Muscat, and was buried in a Christian cemetery. There are various various references in volume two to Muscat, in particular, chapters 26 (pp.361-391) and 27 (pp.392-408) are devoted to his time in and around Muscat, with a surprising amount of correspondence considering his relatively short time there but including detailed descriptions of daily life including visits to hospitals, descriptions of Muttra etc etc. A wealth of observation and information. pp.405-408 describe his final resting place in the Christian cemetery in Muscat and the illustration shows his exact cross: "He sleeps surrounded by others of our race, chiefly sailors and officers of the Indian Marine and gunboats of the Royal Navy, which often put in at Muscat, and a few civilian. There are thirty-six graves in all."
The Holy Land

The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia. From Drawings Made on the Spot by David Roberts, R. A. With Historical Descriptions by the Revd. George Croly, L. L. D. Lithographed by Louis Haghe.

ROBERTS, David. FIRST EDITION. Three vols, large folio (60 x 42.5 cm.). Volume one with Dedication (one leaf); List of subscribers (two leaves); "Notice of Mr. Roberts's Journey in the East" (one leaf); "The Armorial Ensigns of Jerusalem" (one leaf); "Israel" pp. [1]-30), and "Idumea" one leaf pp.[1-]2. Volume three with one text leaf "Bethlehem" pp.[1-]2, preceding Abbey plate no. 84 "Shrine of the Nativity". Each plate accompanied by a page of descriptive text. In handsome contemporary olive green morocco binding by J. Adlard, with binder's stamp on verso of front free endpaper of first volume: boards with elaborate decorative gilt border; spines gilt decorated and lettered in gilt with five raised bands, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A few tiny nicks to binding edges, boards. Some light, mostly marginal foxing or spotting, most pronounced at plates in second volume, occasional areas of soiling or smudging; small, faint dampstain at lower verso corner of one plate in first volume. An exceptionally handsome copy. Tinted lithograph portrait of Roberts by C. Baugniet, on India paper mounted, three tinted lithographed vignette title-pages, and 120 tinted lithographed plates, each with original tissue guards. A very early issue with the plates in proof state: the full page plates are without the printed titles and the half-page plates are each issued on a separate sheet as in the hand-coloured Subscribers' Edition. The descriptive leaves of text interspersed between the plates are printed with the half page description on the recto and the following full page description on the verso. (Normally the half page description is printed below the actual image on the recto with the following full page description on the verso.) Here the title-page to the third volume is lacking (and a duplicate of the first volume title-page supplied), also the map ("Map to Illustrate the Route of David Roberts Esq: RA in the Holy Land, Petrea & Syria") at the end of the third volume is lacking. Both of these were only issued in 1849, the year of completion of the entire work. The Plates are in a different order than usual and as described in Abbey: Volume I contains plates 1-26 and 89-96; Volume II contains plates 45, 97-106, 84-87, 46-47, 50-51, 48-49, and 52-75; and Volume III contains plates 76-83, 27-44, and 107-124 (plus the duplicate of No.1 instead of 88 (title). As Abbey states this "was originally published between 1842 and the end of 1845 in twenty parts.but not the map and not in the same order [as his].". As is to be expected, there is no list of the the plates in this copy but we have used Abbey's numbers in our description. J. Adlard, bookbinder 35 Villiers Street, Strand [London] listed in London Post Office Directory for 1843 and cited in Charles Ramsden's London Book Binders 1780-1840. p.27. The sumptuous binding offered here worthy of any of the more famous binders of the period.