First edition in English, translated from the Dutch edition of Leiden, 1757-1758. This work contains the accounts of two separate travellers, J. A. van Egmond, diplomat and envoy to the court of the King of Naples who travelled in the Levant in 1720, and J. Heyman, professor of Oriental languages at the University of Leiden and vicar of the Dutch community of Smyrna from 1700 to 1706. Heyman’s nephew, Jan Willem Heyman, edited the two separate accounts, over 80 years apart, into one series of letters. This means that the chronological unity of the text has been compromised, and it is impossible to tell which information belongs to which period.
The island of Cyprus is dealt with in chapter 18 of volume I. The text contains quite a lot of information on the various coastal towns, on the appearance of the Cypriots themselves, the produce of Cyprus and on the unhealthiness of the climate, especially in the areas of Larnaca and Famagusta. The plates consist of composite engravings after de Bruyn.
Travels Through Part of Europe, Asia Minor, The Islands of the Archipelago; Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Mount Sinai, &c. Giving a particular Account Of the most remarkable Places, Structures, Ruins, Inscriptions, &c. in these Countries. Together With The Customs, Manners, Religion, Trade, Commerce, Tempers, and Manner of Living of the Inhabitants. By The Honourable J. Ægidius Van Egmont, Envoy Extraordinary from the United Provinces to the Court of Naples; and John Heyman, Professor of the oriental languages in the university of Leyden. Translated from the Low Dutch. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. [... Vol. II.] London, Printed for L. Davis and C. Reymers, against Gray’s-Inn, Holborn. Printers to the Royal Society. MDCCLIX.