Bible Lands: Their Modern Customs and Manners Illustrative of Scripture. TWO PARTS IN ONE.

Van-Lennep, Rev Henry J.

Book ID: 17177


8vo. Part I: Customs which have their origin in the physical features of Bible Lands: 325 pp., / Part II: Customs which have a historical origin: pages 329 - 832 pp., [9 Harper & Brothers’ catalogue], 2 folding colour maps, profusely illustrated in wood engraved vignettes in & hors text, contemporary cloth, lightly faded and rubbed at spine, stamped gilt front cover, appendix, index, book plate of Paola & Bertrand Lazard, small library stamp on front fly leaf and title page, otherwise copy clean & in very good condition, Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, first American edition, 1875.


The author, who “has spent almost a lifetime in the East”, finds many of the customs virtually unchanged since Biblical days. In the first part of his book he describes the use of animals, products of the soil, birds, reptiles, insects, etc. The second part focus on customs of an historic origin: furniture, social life, nomadic travels, local governments …
Henry Van Lennep was born in Smyrna, the son of European merchants. Educated, on the advice of American missionaries, in the United States, he returned to Turkey as a missionary in 1840, and spent most of the next twenty years in various parts of the Ottoman Empire.

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