Enlightened Observers. British Travellers to The Near East 1715 – 1850.

Damiani, Anita.

Book ID: 2751


8vo. ix, 198 pp., b/w illus., cloth in d/w, biblio, index, jacket lightly worn round edges, otherwise copy in mint condition, American University of Beirut, Beirut, first edition, 1979.


Until the beginning of the nineteenth century in Europe, travel was considered a necessary adjunct to education. Eventually the Near East was added to the “Grand Tour” of the Continent. Many of these travellers recorded and later published what they observed. Ms. Damiani has chosen to write about four British travellers: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Richard Pococke, Robert Wood and Alexander Russell, all of whom vividly portray their views of the history, customs and manners of Near Easterners in the eighteenth century.

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