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SHAW, Thomas (1694--1751)
Travels, or observations relating to several parts of Barbary and the Levant. By Thomas Shaw, ...
Oxford, printed at the Theatre,, 1738.
[8], xv, [1], 442, [2], 60, [8] p., [29] pl. (=[34] impressions) (6 fold.), [1] fold. table : illus. ; 35.0 cm. (2º)

Thomas Shaw was chaplain to the English factory at Algiers between 1720 and 1734, during which time he travelled widely in north Africa and the Levant, and his Travels were esteemed for the botanical and zoological illustrations and for the descriptions of antiquities. Shaw is well known in the field of botany for his catalogue of the rarer plants which he observed during his travels in Barbary, Egypt, and Arabia, a classification amounting to 632 species and including crude plates, all donated to Oxford University, where he became Regius Professor of Greek in 1741, and preserved under the name of Shawia. The half-title reads 'Travels, or Geographical, Physical and Miscellaneous Observations &c.' Also included is 'A Collection Of Such Papers As Serve To Illustrate The Foregoing Observations', with separate half-title, pagination and register. Four of the head-pieces and one tail-piece are by Hubert Gravelot, and one head-piece is by John Rocque. ESTC t114690.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the plate facing p. 252 depicting four species of birds. The plate intended to face p. 87 is misbound at p. 67 and the two plates intended to face pp. 50 and 60 of the 'Collection Of Such Papers ...' are misbound with the main text. A sheet of paper is inserted in folded plate opposite p. 334, with ink inscriptions in a mid-eighteenth-century hand referring to the plate captions. Pencil annotation in the index: Glass mo[n]ey. Bought from Thomas Boone for 18s., 5 July 1815. (Spiers Box). Soane may have acquired an earlier copy prior to 16 May 1806, when he returned copies of three works sent on approval by the bookseller Robert Faulder on the grounds that he has got Gough / Thevenot & Shaw. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.8).

Binding C18th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 366

Additional Names Thomas Boone; Gravelot, Hubert François (1699--1773); Faulder, Robert (1747?--1815)

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