With presentation letter
Observations connected with Astronomy and Ancient History, sacred and profane, on the Ruins of Babylon,
as recently visited and described by Claudius James Rich, Esq., Resident for the East India Company at Baghdad. London Printed for the author 1816-18
First edition Two works in one volumes, 4to, pp. [iv], viii, 164, [v (postscript. list of subscribers and advertisement)], 4 engraved plates. A very good copy bound in recent half calf, marbled boards. With, tipped in, a short letter from the author presenting this copy to Sir Robert Preston in Downing Street.
The Rev. Thomas Maurice, author of Indian Antiquities, was Assistant Librarian at the British Museum. This book was privately published. The plates are: The supposed Ruins of the Tower of Babel; Ancient Inscription on the Walls of Persepolis, &c; The Great Pagoda of Tanjore; A Mexican Temple to the Sun and Moon. Sir Robert, 'floating Bob', Preston made his first fortune in the naval service of the East India Company; his second in insurance and ship-owning. Sir Walter Scott said of him "he is as big as two men and eats like three". His fine house in Downing Street later became the Colonial Office.