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1756: "one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners"

Russell, Alexander The Natural History of Aleppo, and parts adjacent. Containing a description of the city, and the principal natural productions in its neighbourhood. Together with an account of the climate, inhabitants, and diseases; particularly of the plague, with the methods used by the Europeans for their preservation. London A. Millar 1756 (title reads 1856)
First edition. 4to, pp. viii, 266, [10]; with 16 folding plates. Rebound in modern calf-backed marbled boards, spine in compartments with maroon and dark green lettering pieces; minor off-setting from plates, small ownership stamp on p.83.
Hamilton, Europe and the Arab World, 45.

Russell went to Aleppo in 1740 as physician to the English factory. He learnt fluent Arabic and acquired great influence with the Pasha and people of all creeds. He was joined by his younger brother Patrick in 1750, and returned to England three years later via Naples and Leghorn where he continued his researches into the plague. His book was described on publication as "one of the most complete pictures of Eastern manners".