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. [Bound with] Observations on the Remains of Ancient Egyptian Grandeur and Superstition, as connected with those of Assyria, forming the Appendix to observations. London Printed for the author 1816-18
First edition Two works in one volumes, 4to, pp. [iii], viii, 164, [v (postscript. list of subscribers and advertisement)], 4 engraved plates; (second work) [viii], xvi, 222, [i (advertisement)], 2 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, a little rubbed, corners worn. Rebacked in modern calf with maroon lettering piece. Lightly spotted and soiled throughout, but still a very good copy.
The Rev. Thomas Maurice, author of Indian Antiquities, was Assistant Librarian at the British Museum. This book was privately published. The plates in the first work 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, and in the second: Striking resembance between the symbolic deities of Egypt & India, and the ancient Zodiac of Egypt.