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The Giant Cities of Bashan and Syria's Holy Places

J. L. Porter

T. Nelson and Sons 1891

Binding:  Hardback  |  Condition: Near Fine  | 

Reverend Josias Leslie Porter's fascinating and oft exciting journey around the Holy Land visiting the ruins and landscapes of biblical note. Undertaken before 1865, Porter's account is both scholarly and adventurous; he relates the religious and historical importance of sites with authority and awe whilst keeping an keen eye on the people and cultures he encounters along the way. He frequently falls into peril: 'a score of fierce Bedawin (Bedouin), armed with gun and pistol, leaped from their hiding-places' but shows a typical victorian resolve, a fearless interest reminiscent of an H.P. Lovecraft protagonist, at one point he even refers to the 'Cyclopean walls of the Temple of the Sun at Baalbec.' His journey takes in Bashan, Jordan, Jerusalem, The lands of the Philistines, Galilee, Lebanon and Damascus. There are a numerous b/w plates of objects and sites of interest. Dark green cloth with subtle but beautiful gilt tooling. Shelf-wear as expected and a whisper of foxing to page edge and frontis but interior is crisply clean and binding is strong. Neat East London Auxiliary Sunday School Union bookplate. An elegant volume in very good/near fine condition.