Israel Joseph Benjamin. Eight Years in Asia and Africa from 1846 to 1855.
First edition in English. At conclusion, rare folding map of author’s travels through Asia and Africa. Final page records the list of subscribers in Bombay. pp. xv, 332, (4). Foxed and stained, some wear to map. Contemporary half-calf, rubbed. 8vo.
Hanover: By the Author, 1859.
In emulation of the medieval Spanish traveler Benjamin of Tudela, the self-styled Benjamin II, Israel Joseph Benjamin, a native of Foltitscheny, Moldavia, recorded his travels through Egypt, Eretz Israel, Syria, Armenia, Iraq, Kurdistan, Persia, India, and China. He returned to Europe via Afghanistan, reaching Vienna in the year 1851, only to set out again on another voyage from Italy to North Africa. Benjamin died in London in abject poverty while making preparations for a further journey to the Orient. See EJ, Vol. IV, cols. 526-7.