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A Description Of The East, And Some other Countries. Volume the First. Observations on Egypt. By Richard Pococke, Ll.D. F.R.S.

Richard Pococke Bishop of`Meath

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for the Author, by W. Bowyer; and sold by J. and P. Knapton, W. Innys, W. Meadows, G. Hawkins, S. Birt, T. Longman, C. Hitch, R. Dodsley, J. Nourse, and J. Rivington., MDCCXLIII (-MDCCXLV).

Physical Description

2 vols.; 414 mm. (Folio).

General Note

Vol. I: [2], vi, [8], 310 p., 76 [i.e. 75] pl. (6 fold.) There is no pl. 33 (nor is it listed in the list of plates). Page 309 is misnumbered 209. - Vol. II.: xi, [1], 268, vii, [1], 308 p., 103 pl. (5 fold.). In some copies (e.g. that of the Royal Academy) pl. 37,38 and 62, 63 are bound in in reverse order.


Vol. I: [T.p., dedic.] - The Preface - Contents - Contents Of The Plates contain'd in this Volume - References to the Plan of Alexandria. Plate II. - Editions of Authors quoted in this Book - Errata - [Text, with pl.] - Index. - Vol. II: [T.p., dedication plate] - Preface - Contents Of Volume the Second, Part the First - Contents of the Plates Of Volume the Second, Part the First - Editions of Books used in this Volume - Errata - [Text, with pl.] - [T.p.] - Contents Of Volume the Second, Part the Second - Contents of the Plates Of Volume the Second, Part the Second - Errata - Directions to the Bookbinder - [Text, with pl.] - Index - Errata.

Responsibility Note

Most plates are unsigned. But several of the maps are signed as drawn and engraved by T. Jefferys; the botanic plates (Vol. I. pl. 72-75, Vol. II. pl. 82-89) as drawn and engraved by G.D. Ehret. Two plates in Volume I (38, 39) are signed as engraved by G. Child. In Volume II five plates are signed as engraved by Sam Wale, and one (no. 16) as engraved by J. Mynde. The title-page vignette and headpiece of the dedication in Volume I are signed as designed and engraved by H. Gravelot; those of Volume II Part I and the title-page vignette of Part II are signed as drawn by H. Gravelot and engraved by C. Grignion. The author dedicates Volume I to Henry Earl of Pembroke; Volume II, to Philip Earl of Chesterfield. Several plates have their own dedication captions.


RIBA, Early printed books, 5 (2003), no. 4061. W.R. Dawson and E.P. Uphill, Who was who in Egyptology (3rd.ed., 1995); E. Honigmann, Trois mémoires posthumes d'histoire et de géographie de l'orient chrétien (1961).
ESTC, T31684

Summary Note

The sub-titles of Volume II, Parts I and II, read, 'Observations on Palestine or the Holy Land, Syria, Mesopotamia, Cyprus, and Candia' and 'Observations on the Islands of the Archipelago, Asia Minor, Thrace, Greece, and some other parts of Europe'. The plates include several maps, and plans and elevations of many buildings.


Microfilm versions were published in 1988 (London: British Library) (Neg. PB.Mic.C.8598) and 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in A Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red and black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Pococke's Travels Vol. I. (II.)'.

Name as Subject


Antiquities, Egyptian - Antiquities, Greek - Antiquities, Roman - Architecture, Egyptian - Architecture, Greek - Architecture, Roman - Inscriptions - Plans - Maps - Middle East - Egypt - Palestine - Greece - Cyprus - Syria - Turkey - History
British - Middle East - Egypt - Palestine - Greece - Cyprus - Syria - Turkey - Description and travel - History - 18th century
Plans - Maps - Travel literature - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Samuel Birt, bookseller
William Bowyer the younger, printer
Robert Dodsley, bookseller
George Hawkins, bookseller
Charles Hitch, bookseller
William Innys, bookseller
John Knapton, bookseller
Paul Knapton, bookseller
Thomas Longman, bookseller
William Meadows, bookseller
John Nourse, bookseller
John Rivington, bookseller
Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke, dedicatee
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, dedicatee
Thomas Jefferys, draughtsman, engraver
Georg Dionysius Ehret, draughtsman, engraver
G. Child, engraver
Samuel Wale RA, engraver
James Mynde, engraver
Hubert Francois Gravelot, draughtsman, engraver
Charles Grignion, engraver