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have examined the note last referred to, he will be better able to judge of applying his means to the
satisfactory apperçu of the tout ensemble, the looker on should be nine feet high.
The Voyage dans la Haute et Basse Egypt, of SONNINI, Paris, 1799, 8vo. is an excellent work; and so is the Egyptiaca of Professor White, in 1801, 4to. But infinitely preferable to either, is the Egyptiaca of Mr. HAMILTON, in 1809, 4to.: a solid, instructive, and most accurate performance. Mr. LEGH's Travels above the Cataracts of the Nile, Lond. 1816, 4to. display the enterprise of a veracious traveller, and a perspicuous and modest writer. I trust, and indeed believe, that this slender quarto has also appeared in octavo : for it should be read by every one, in whose breast the mention of the river Nile produces something approaching to a convulsive throb ! Welcome, renowned and immortal BELZONI !-for such are the epithets which necessarily belong to thy name. A little memoir should accompany the notice of thy herculean labours: but, here, that must not be. Indeed, it is the less necessary, as in the notices of his works in the 18th and 19th volumes of the Quarterly Review, there is so much interest and minuteness of detail, and the relative labours and merits of other travellers are concentrated with so much judgment, that I need give little more than the titles of his works. Fortunate, doubtless, it was, for this enterprizing traveller, that he found in his publisher, Mr. Murray, such a patron and friend. Besides his performances as an author, Mr. Belzoni exhibited a complete model of the ancient tomb of Psammuthis in Thebes, as well as of the interiors of two chambers in the same tomb, at Mr. Bullock's Museum in Piccadilly; and having covered the expenses inevitably attendant on such a bold, but, as it proved, highly popular measure, he was enabled to replenish his purse, and thereby to set out, with renewed alacrity, on other similar enterprises: and he is now, peradventure, busied in the discovery of yet more extraordinary remains. His work, "Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia," &c. has been recently published in an octavo form: but his forty-four large plates to illustrate his Operations, Atlas folio, 61. 6s. ; and six additional plates coloured, illustrative of his Travels, &c. folio, 17. 5s. must ALL be procured by the thoroughly diligent, enthusiastic, and -wealthy Collector. A contemplation of these marvellous relics
accomplishment of a particular end; but if I were to prescribe for a plethoric purse, I should say " buy all that is mentioned below, and then superadd the gigantic work at present in a course of completion, put forth under the auspices of Bonaparte, and conducted with undiminished vigour under the royal government of Louis XVIII. This also is noticed beneath.
From Egypt, descending southerly, we get into the kingdom of Æthiopia, and particularly into the territories of NUBIA and ABYSSINIA. First, let the lover of African antiquities secure the stately folio of Ludolphus,* with those of Tellez and Almeida, and then choose, among the following distinguished Moderns, which may more completely suit his purse as well as
of the olden times of Egypt and Thebes, puts the mind in a state of very singular, but not unpleasing, excitation; so wholly different are they from the antiquities of the more polished countries of Greece and Rome. But when will the yet more surprising (as I learn) collection of drawings of Mr. Banks, jun. upon the same subjects as those of Belzoni, make their appearance? Expectation stretches its neck, as well as stands on tip-toe, for a public and unwearied view of them.
* The Historia Ethiopica of LUDOLFUS, consisting of four parts (all described in the catalogue of Messrs. Arch, 1823, no. 494) was published at Vienna in 1695-6, folio: and the copy here referred to is marked at 41. 4s. " bound in vellum." The work is not less rare in fine condition, than it is intrinsically valuable in any condition. Brunet has omitted to notice a copy on LARGE PAPER; such a copy, bound in russia, (with the Appendix, 1694, on small paper, it never being on large) is in the beautiful library of the Rt. Hon. T. Grenville. Consult Murray, vol. ii. p. 542-3. TELLEZ, et ALMEIDA Historia General d'Ethiopia, 1650, folio: again, at Coimbra, 1660. "This work of Tellez was composed from the Memoirs of several Missionaries. transmitted to Portugal by Almeida, and is remarkably rare." Murray.
taste. "Hallowed be the turf" which pillows the head of BURCKHARDT!-for, of recent African travelers, he, surely, was almost the foremost in the first rank. His works are noticed below.* And what a brilliant cluster of names succeed! For Abyssinia, more especially, you must secure the works of BRUCE and SALT. Who has not heard of Bruce-the ro
* Of his "Travels in Syria and Mount Sinai," including his "Journey from Aleppo to Damascus-in the District of Mount Libanus and Antilibanus-a second Tour in the Hauran-from Damascus to Cairo, and in the Peninsula of Mount Sinai." Lond. 1822, 21. 3s. see p. 433, ante. His first volume of Travels was in Nubia and in the Interior of North Eastern Africa, 21. 8s. His third, just about to see the day, is In the Hedjaz, 4to. with plates. An affecting and interesting account of this indefatigable and luckless traveller, will be found in the xvith and xviith volumes of the Quarterly Review. Let Burckhardt, especially when he salutes us in an octavo form, have a central place upon the most conspicuous upper shelf in the Collector's library. He is among the VIRI CENTENARII of all ages and nations!
† Before the reader suffers himself to be enchained by the seductive narrative of Bruce, let him procure, for a few shillings, Dr. Johnson's translation of Father LOBO's account of Abyssinia; but of which the best version is that of Legrand, with additions, and an excellent map by D'Anville, Paris, 1728, 4to. An analysis is in Murray. And now for JAMES BRUCE of Kinnaird. A more enterprising, light, but lion-hearted traveller, never left his native hills for the accomplishment of such purposes as those which Bruce accomplished. His professed object was, to discover the source of the Nile; and whatever doubts and difficulties Larcher, in his version of Herodotus, may oppose to the truth or reality of this source, I still think that the balance is in a vibratory state: and the weight of Bruce seems to be as decisive as that of the French Critic. Barbier has spoken out like a man, and like a gentleman, about the merits of Bruce: Bibl. d'un Homme de Gout, vol. iv. p. 384. Never did a work make greater noise at the period of its publication, than did the travels of this Scotch Worthy. The Monthly Review took it up immediately, and in a very animated and interesting manner. Meanwhile, scepticism and doubt began to sit upon the brows of the grave
mantic, the intrepid, the indefatigable Bruce? His "tale" was once suspected; but suspicion has sunk into acquiescence of its truth. A more recent work, connected with Ethiopia, has been published by Messrs. Waddington and Hanbury.
We must now, still confining ourselves to the north of Africa, strike off to the left, and travel towards the states of Barbary, including Fezzan, Morocco, Algiers, and Tripoli, &c. when the more ancient names of TORREZ, HOEDO, MENEZES, and the later ones of
and to discompose the meditations of the thoughtful. Was it a romance? a fiction? or was it half truth and half exaggeration ? Bruce, on discovering what he really conceived to be the source of that magical river, THE NILE, plunged an earthen vessel into the gushing and translucent stream... and drank to the health of the then reigning monarch, "King George the Third !"... But this is any thing but bibliography. His travels occupied him six years— from 1768 to 1773 inclusively: and appeared at Edinburgh in 1790, in five goodly quarto volumes, with plates. The Author died in 1794.
The late Mr. Ottridge, of the Strand, a most worthy and facetious old gentleman, and a highly respectable bookseller, had a prodigious fancy for this quarto edition of Bruce. About fifteen years ago, when he had the exclusive employment of Kalthoeber the bookbinder-who in fact, lived in his house-he used to engage him upon repeated sets of this work. "There they are (he would observe to me, pointing to the shelf on which they stood)-there they are, those delightful Bruces!! The time will come, when he, who has such a copy as any of those you now behold, will possess a treasure indeed." The prediction was not wholly divested of truth. A quarto Bruce, well bound, may be yet worth 71. 7s. : but how comes it to pass that Mr. Ottridge (ó μaxapílys) never shewed me one of the twelve copies only, printed upon LARGE PAPER, of this first edition, which I observe in the catalogue of Messrs. Payne and Foss, marked at 241. "uniform in blue morocco," including a sixth volume by Murray, which contains a life of the Author? A French translation of Bruce appeared in six quarto, and a German one in five octavo volumes the follow
SHAW, CHENIER, JACKSON, ALI BEY, and LYON,* strike us with particular attention, and claim a greater
ing year. The best English octavo edition, is that in eight vols. 1804, with a life of the author. This also has been reprinted in 1818. And do these reimpressions, indicate the original text to be a work of FICTION? I beseech the reader to run a cursory glance over the analysis of Bruce in Mr. Murray's Africa, vol. ii. p. 74, &c. Of recent authors, few stand more deservedly high than Mr. SALT. The share his researches bear in the Travels of Lord Valentia and Mr. Belzoni-and particularly his own volume, exclusively confined to Abyssinia, Lond. 1814, 4to. rank him high in the class of Abyssinian travellers. If I am asked, by the economical Collector, to give up Bruce, or Mr. Salt? I shall unhesitatingly say-forego the former, and secure the latter.
* The latest work which treats of Ethiopia, is that by Messrs. WADDINGTON and HANBURY; being a " Journal of a Visit to some Parts of Ethiopia: with Maps, &c. and Drawings of the Pyramids," &c. 1822, 4to. 21. This work was reviewed in the Quarterly, vol. xxvii, p. 215. In pursuing the route marked out in the above text, I must necessarily compress much bibliographical intelligence in a small space. The work of TORREZ was first published at Seville, in the Spanish language, in 1586, 4to. : and is rare in this form. It was translated into French under the title of "Relation des Voyages de Fez et de Maroc, traduite du Castillan de Diego Torrez, par Charles Duc d'Angoulême. Paris, 1636, 4to. HOEDO's Topografia y Historia general de Argel (General Topography and History of Algiers) Valladolid, 1612, folio, is a more piquant volume for the keen appetite of a Collector, inasmuch as Pinkerton tells us that it furnishes a curious portion of the life of Cervantes. This rare book has escaped Brunet; and is not observed upon by Boucher de la Richarderie. And yet, probably, 'much rarer is the "Historia de Tanger, que comprehende as noticias desde a sua primeira conquesta até a sua ruina” of DON FERNANDO DE Menezes, published in 1732, folio: which has escaped de Richarderie, and upon which Brunet observes nothing. A copy is in Mr. Rennie's library.
Of all books of travels connected with Barbary and the Levant, that of DR. SHAW's-printed at Oxford in 1738, folio, 2 vols., with the Supplement in 1746-both reprinted and much improved in 1757, London, folio, 2 vols. and translated into the French, and pub