Hard Cover. London: Chapman and Hall, 1846. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition. Illustrated with black and white illustrations throughout plus a hand-colored frontispiece. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full tan calf, cover and spine elaborately tooled in gilt, green morocco labels and five raised bands to spine, top edge gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, with original red gilt cloth from both covers and spine bound in at rear. Near fine, with light wear to bands on spine, a few light stains to leather, some wear to outer hinges, former owner's bookplate to rear pastedown, just a few light spots to pages, interior else extremely clean and bright. William Makepeace Thackeray published this travelogue under one of his early pseudonyms, Michael Angelo Titmarsh. Notes of a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo is his satirical account of a trip to Egypt and the Middle East, which reveals both Britain's growing interest in trade and travel to these regions and the popularity of travelogues among Victorian readers. Thackeray's scathing mockery of English customs would become his trademark, in his travel writing as well as his novels, including Vanity Fair (1848).