Travels to the City of the Caliphs. Along the Shores of the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean including a Voyage to the Coast of Arabia & a Tour on the Island of Socotra. TWO VOLUMES.
Wellsted, James Raymond. 1805-1842.
Book ID: 6253
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FIRST EDITION. A rare glimpse of this region at this time from a western perspective.
This is the second book by the author of “Travels in Arabia”. This extremely uncommon account by a Lieutenant on board the surveying ship “Palinurus” (assisted at times by his colleague, Lieutenant F. Whitelock) added valuable information about the Gulf States, in particular Oman, then little known and the Red Sea. James Raymond Wellsted (1805-1842) was a surveyor and traveller. In 1830 he was appointed second lieutenant of the East India Company’s ship “Palinurus”, which made a survey of the Gulf of Akabah and the northern part of the Red Sea and in 1833 surveyed the Southern coast of Arabia. He spent two months exploring the island of Socotra and twice visited Oman, in 1835 and 1837.
During his travels Wellsted collected natural history material, including plants, and recorded observations on the people he encountered. He retired from the service in 1839, and died a few years later in 1842. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Astronomical Society in London.
Bibliographic references: Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 2283. Howgego III, 635. Not in Gay; Weber I: 320; Wilson p. 242.