The Late Dr. Charles Beke’s Discoveries of Sinai In Arabia And Midian. With Portrait Geological, Botanical, And Conchological, Reports, Plans, Map, And Thirteen Wood Engravings. Charles T. Beke Beke, ed, Emily Alston.

The Late Dr. Charles Beke’s Discoveries of Sinai In Arabia And Midian. With Portrait Geological, Botanical, And Conchological, Reports, Plans, Map, And Thirteen Wood Engravings

London: Trübner & Co. 1878. xviii, [2], 606, [2] pp. Illus. with port. frontis, 13 wood engravings, two plates of geological diagrams, and one folding map. Sm. 4to. Red pebbled cloth, boards ruled in gilt, gilt illustration on front board, edges beveled, all edges gilt, brown endpapers. First edition. Errata slip tipped in. Narrative of the 1874 expedition of Charles Tilstone Beke (1800-1874), an English explorer and Biblical scholar, to Egypt in order to determine the real position of Mount Sinai which he thought to be a volcano. The first three chapters were written by Beke with the entire work edited by his wife. It is perhaps his most important book. "Dr. Beke treats of the traditional Mount Sinai, and its rivals within the Peninsula of Pharau; of the non-identity of the Mltzrulm of Scripture with the Egypt of profane history, its position, and that of the I*and of Midian, and of the dynasties of Manetho, and especially those of the shepherd kings, or Mitzrites. The account of the expedition Itself, and of Dr. Beke's sojourn In Egypt, is given in Dr. Beke's very characteristic letters on his last journey." Provenance: Library of the Bangor Theological Seminary (their gift bookplate) [from Library of] Roswell Dwight Hitchcock (his signature dated 1879). Hitchcock (1817-1887) was a pastor, educator, and vice president of the American Geographical Society. Rebacked in red cloth with original spine laid down, seminary gift bookplate on front pastedown, glue marks on rear pastedown where pocket was removed, small repair to inner edge and outer margin of map; plates bright without foxing, a very good copy. Blackmer 109. Blackmer Sale 1150. Hilm: Literature of Egypt and the Soudan I, p. 58. Item #36390

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