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Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope

Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope
Forming the Completion of her Memoirs
3 Volume Paperback Set


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

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108042314

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  • The adventurous and unconventional Lady Hester Stanhope (1776–1839) set off to travel to the East in the early nineteenth century. She had been hostess to her uncle, British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, and after his death she received a government pension and decided to leave England. Her personal physician Charles Meryon (1783–1877) wrote this three-volume memoir of their travels, first published in 1846. She had a reputation as an eccentric, but thought of herself as the 'Queen of the desert' and indeed achieved considerable influence in the places she travelled to. Eventually she settled in the Lebanon, where she lived out the remainder of her life. She dressed in men's clothes to allow her to go to places not considered safe for a lady, and her adventures included shipwreck, plague and treasure-hunting. She also gives descriptions of the Bedouin and other tribes of the Middle East.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108042314
    • length: 1252 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 75 mm
    • weight: 1.7kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Departure from England
    2. Zante
    3. Athens
    4. Procession of the Sultan to the mosque
    5. The author goes to Brusa
    6. Departure from Constantinople
    7. The author sets out for Smyrna
    8. Reception at Alexandria
    9. The author returns to Alexandria, in company with Mr. Wynne and Mr. McNamara
    10. Loss of journals
    11. Departure from Jerusalem
    12. Increased illness of Yusef
    13. Preparations for leaving Acre
    14. Departure from Acre
    15. Governor's visit
    16. Dayr el Kamar
    Additional note. Volume 2:
    1. Damascus
    2. Lady Hester's intended journey to Palmyra
    3. Precautions against riots
    4. The author enters the desert
    5. Reflections on the ruins of Palmyra
    6. Hamah
    7. Departure from Palmyra
    8. Departure from Hamah
    9. Residence at Latakia
    10. Mode of life of Lady Hester Stanhope
    11. Plague at Abra. Volume 3:
    1. Preparations for a journey to Bâlbec
    2. Residence at Bâlbec
    3. Residence at Tripoli
    4. Journey from Tripoli to Abra
    5. Probability of the existence of hidden treasures in the East
    6. Journey of Lady Hester from Mar Elias to Ascalon
    7. History of Ascalon
    8. Visit of the author to the Maronite convent in the village of Joon
    9. M. Surûr, English agent at Damietta
    10. Disappearance of Colonel Boutin, a French traveller
    11. Quarrel between a Drûze and a Metouály
    12. Journey of the Princess of Wales to Jerusalem
    13. Departure of the author for Europe
    14. Departure from Cyprus, and voyage to Marseilles
    Additional note.

  • Author

    Charles Lewis Meryon

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