Travels and Discoveries in The Levant. TWO VOLUMES.

Newton, (Charles Thomas) 1816-1894.

Book ID: 23411


8vo. Volume I: xiv, [2], 360 pp., frontispiece folding map of Rhodes, 16 plates including a folding map of Mytiline & a folding plan of Rhodes, 8 woodcuts, / Volume II: xiv, [2], 275 pp., frontispiece folding map of Caria, 23 plates including a folding plan of Mausoleum site, 23 wood cuts, half-titles, contemporary full calf, lightly rubbed, title gilt on raised decorated spine, marbled endpaper & edges, previous owner's inscription on front fly leaf of volume 1, light occasional foxing mainly to end leaves, otherwise set in very good condition, Day & Son Limited, London, first edition, 1865.


Sir Charles Thomas Newton 1816-1894 was a British archæologist. This very interesting work describes Newton’s activities in the levant from 1852 to 1859. The text is in the form of letters and begins with Newton’s appointment as vice-consul at Mitylene in February 1852. There are long notices on Mitylene, his life there, the local residents, and the archaeological sites. Newton also spent several months at Rhodes as acting consul (April 1852 to January 1853) and in 1854-5 he carried out excavations at Kalymnos. In 1856 he began the series of expeditions to the coast of Asia Minor which resulted in the excavations of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Volume 2 of the Travels contains a popular account of his discoveries at Halicarnassus. The plates include views in Rhodes, Cos, Kalymnos and Mitylene, as well as illustrations of the sculptures from the Mausoleum (lithographs, etchings and photolithographs after photographs by F. Bedford, D. Colnaghi and A. Berg, possibly Albert Berg author of Die Insel Rhodus. The appendix to volume 1 contains D. E. Colnaghi’s account of his tours in Lycia and Mitylene in 1854.
Bibliographic references: Atabey 869; Blackmer 1193; Weber I, 636.

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