terça-feira, abril 07, 2009

«Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe (...)» - William Robert Wills Wilde

Sir William Wilde's travels in the Mediterranean and Middle East

WILDE, Sir William Robert Wills. Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and Along the Shores of the Mediterranean, Including a Visit to Algiers, Egypt, Palestine, Tyre, Rhodes, Telmessus, Cyprus, and Greece. With Observations on the Present State and Prospects of Egypt and Palestine, and on the Climate, Natural History, and Antiquities of the Countries Visited.
Dublin: John S. Folds for William Curry, Jun. and Company, 1844.


8vo. Modern speckled half calf over marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, gilt morocco lettering-piece in one, top edge gilt, retaining original free endpaper; pp. xv, [1 (illustrations)], 648, [2 (publisher's advertisement)]; 2 engraved city plans of Jerusalem and Tyre ('Ancient and Modern') by W.H. Lizars hand-coloured in outline, one after C.B. Cradock after Wilde, wood-engraved illustrations and letterpress tables in the text; some variable spotting, upper margin of one map stained, otherwise very good; provenance: Gustavus Lambart (1772-1850, inscription on retained endpaper with later explanatory note beneath).

Second edition, enlarged and revised. The father of the writer Oscar Wilde, the eminent surgeon Sir William Wilde studied medicine in Dublin; 'After Wilde took his degree as a surgeon, he travelled for nine months as medical attendant to Robert Meiklam, the owner of the yacht "Crusader", who produced the sketches for the plates [...] This was Wilde's first work; he is better known for his works on Irish topography, Beauties of the Boyne, and Lough Corrib'. However, the Narrative of a Voyage 'established him as a Dublin savant and led to him becoming a regular contributor to, and close associate of, the editorial coterie behind the Dublin University Magazine. It also introduced Wilde to the "gentlemen of science" who made up the British Association for the Advancement of Science' (ODNB).

Ibrahim-Hilmy II, p. 329; Röhricht 1890; cf. Blackmer 1795 (1st ed.).

EXAME DE ARTILHEIROS (...) - José Fernandes Pinto de Alpoim (1744)