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Travels in Mesopotamia

Travels in Mesopotamia
With Researches on the Ruins of Nineveh, Babylon, and Other Ancient Cities
2 Volume Set

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108042161

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About the Authors
  • Cornish-born writer, traveller and controversialist James Silk Buckingham (1786–1855) spent much of his early life as a sailor in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and went on to publish accounts of his extensive travels to India, Palestine and Persia. His criticisms of the East India Company and the Bengal government led to his expulsion from India in 1823. In the 1830s he became a Member of Parliament and campaigned for social reforms and for the promotion of the temperance movement. He founded several journals, including the periodical The Athenaeum, covering a wide range of topics from literature to popular science. This two-volume work, published in 1827, recounts Buckingham's journey through Mesopotamia, and his opinions of its inhabitants. In Volume 1 he travels from Aleppo in Syria to Sinjar (now in northern Iraq). Volume 2 covers the journey from Sinjar to Baghdad, where illness led to a longer stay.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108042161
    • length: 1114 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 63 mm
    • weight: 1.5kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Journey from Aleppo to the banks of the Euphrates
    2. Passage of the River Euphrates, at Beer
    3. From Beer, across the Plains of the Turcomans, to Orfah
    4. Entry of the caravan into the city of Orfah
    5. History and description of Orfah - the Edessa of the Greeks, and the Ur of the Chaldees
    6. Further detention at Orfah: interior of the city, gardens, and entertainments
    7. From Orfah to the encampment of El Mazār
    8. From the Arab camp et El Mazār, to Mardin
    9. Entry into, and stay at, Mardin
    10. Journey from Mardin to Diarbekr
    11. Description of Diarbekr
    12. From Diarbekr to Mardin, Dara, and Nisibis
    13. From Nisibeen, across the Plain of Sinjar. Volume 2:
    1. From the Plain of Sinjar, by Romoila, to Mousul
    2. Description of Mousul
    3. Visit to the ruins of Nineveh, and journey from Mousul to the River Lycus
    4. From Ain Koura, by the ancient Arbela, to Kerkook
    5. From Kerkook, by Kiffree, to Kara Tuppe, or the Black Hill
    6. From Kara Tuppe, by Delhi Abass, to Bagdad
    7. Description of Bagdad
    8. Excursion to Akkerkoof
    9. Journey from Bagdad to the ruins of Babylon
    10. Search after the walls of Babylon
    11. Visit to the Tower of Babel and Temple of Belus, or the Birs Nimrood
    12. Observations made at Bagdad
    13. Excursion to the ruins of Ctesiphon and Seleucia
    14. Further stay in Bagdad

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    James Silk Buckingham

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