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Auction: Auction 20.04.1999
was auctioned on: 20 April 1999
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MORIER, Sir James Justinian (?1780-1849). A Journey through Persia, Armenia, and Asia Minor, to Constantinople, in the years 1808 and 1809; in which is included, some account of the proceedings of His Majesty's mission, under Sir Harford Jones ... to...

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Estimate: £700 - £1,000
ca. US$1,126 - US$1,609
Price realised:  £805
ca. US$1,295
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MORIER, Sir James Justinian (?1780-1849). A Journey through Persia, Armenia, and Asia Minor, to Constantinople, in the years 1808 and 1809; in which is included, some account of the proceedings of His Majesty's mission, under Sir Harford Jones ... to the court of the King of Persia. London: J. G. Barnard for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812. 4 (298 x 235mm). 26 plates after Morier (17 aquatint, 9 line-engravings), 3 folding engraved maps. (Lacking half-title and final advertisment leaf, title, contents leaf and the first map with old creasing, small tears to the folds of the other two maps, U1 torn at outer margin and creased.) Modern morocco-backed cloth. FIRST EDITION. Morier was attached to Sir Harford Jones's mission to the court of Persia. After sailing from Portsmouth 27 October 1807, the mission reached Bombay in April 1808. Some months elapsed before orders were received to proceed to Teheran, when Morier was promoted to the post of secretary of legation. The mission arrived at Teheran in February 1809, but after three months Morier was sent home (7 May), making his journey by way of Turkey in Asia, and staying with his own family in Constantinople where his father was British ambassador and his younger brother secretary to the British embassy. He finally arrived at Plymouth on 25 November 1809. The record of his journey, published during his absence on a second mission to Persia, "at once took rank as an important authority on a country then little known to Englishmen, and by its admirable style and accurate observation, its humour and graphic power, still holds a foremost place among early books of travel in Persia" (DNB). Abbey Travel 357; Brunet III, 1904.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 20.04.1999
Date of the auction: 20 Apr 1999
Address: Christie's
London, King Street