Travels in Assyria, Media and Persia: including a journey from Bagdad Mount Zagros, to Hamadan, the ancient Ecbatana, researches in Ispahan and the ruins of persepolis Vol.1 by James Silk Buckingham

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Travels in Assyria, Media and Persia: including a journey from Bagdad  by  Mount Zagros, to Hamadan, the ancient Ecbatana, researches in Ispahan and the ruins of persepolis Vol.1 by James Silk Buckingham

Travels in Assyria, Media and Persia: including a journey from Bagdad by Mount Zagros, to Hamadan, the ancient Ecbatana, researches in Ispahan and the ruins of persepolis Vol.1 by James Silk Buckingham
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PREFACETO THE FIRST EDITION.In presenting to the Public a Fourth Work of Travels in the Eastern World, I am not without the apprehension that this portion of my labours may be thought to have been executed with less care and attention than precedingMorePREFACETO THE FIRST EDITION.In presenting to the Public a Fourth Work of Travels in the Eastern World, I am not without the apprehension that this portion of my labours may be thought to have been executed with less care and attention than preceding ones.

It has unquestionably been my desire, as well as my interest, to make them all equally worthy of public approbation - but the circumstances under which each of the several volumes were prepared, and over which circumstances I had no power of control, differed so ma-terially from each other, that this alone would be sufficient to account for still greater variations in their execution than is even likely to be discovered in them.

The Travels in Palestine were prepared in India, under the disadvantages of absence from books and authorities essential to their illustration - but, on the other hand, with the advantage of more complete leisure than it has ever since been my good fortune to enjoy.

The Travels in the Decapolis, or Hauran, and Countries east of the Jordan and the Dead Sea, were written out for publication entirely on ship-board, during a stormy and disagreeable passage from India, under circumstances of the most painfully oppressive nature, and the most hostile to calm and abstracted literary composition - but, on the other hand, with the advantage of freedom from all other occupation, and ample command of time, whenever the intervals of moderate weather admitted of writing.

The Travels in Mesopotamiawere written and arranged in London, under the disadvantage of repeated interruptions from ill-health, and the anxiety and labour dependent on the prosecution of my claims for redress of injuries done me by the Government of India, before a Parliamentary Committee- but with the advantage of a mind more at ease than it had been for seven years before: my perseverance having been just then rewarded by a complete triumph over the traducers of my personal character and literary reputation, the tribunal to which I appealed having completely vindicated all my claims, and put to shame the wickedness of my accusers.

The Travels in Assyria Media, and Persia, which form the present Volume, and complete the Series of the continuous Route followed in my overland Journey to India, have been prepared under circumstances which are probably without a parallel in the history of literary undertakings, and may at least excuse many imperfections, which, under other and more favour-able auspices, could not claim such indulgence.

The favourable reception given to the previous Volumes, and the natural desire to have the Series completed by the publication of the present, combined to urge its early appearance: but being, at the period of commencing its preparation for the press, almost incessantly occupied, by having in my own hands the Editorship of a Daily and a Weekly Political Journal, and of a Weekly and a Monthly Literary Journal, I could only hope to accomplish the task of bringing out this Work, in a manner at all worthy of acceptance, by devoting a portion of those hours which are ordinarily given to recreation and repose, to the labour which such an undertaking involved.

This resolution was accordingly made, and has been at length faithfully redeemed - for I may truly say, that not a single page of it has been written, arranged, corrected, or revised, but after the hours at which even the most studious generally repair to their couch, torecruit by sleep the exhaustion caused by the labours of the day.That, under the circumstances described, errors of style and defects of arrangement should appear, will not be deemed wonderful - and that, under other circumstances, the task might have been more satisfactorily executed, cannot admit



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