Much of this work was taken from Pitton de Tournefort’s Relation. It is suggested that Thompson is a pseudonym for an unknown author who wrote an imaginary voyage. This theory is strengthened by the fact that the first edition appeared in 50 weekly issues. This format is very unusual for a straightforward book of travels, but it was the norm for novels that were later issued in book form.
Travels Through Turkey In Asia, The Holy Land, Arabia, Egypt, And Other Parts Of The World: Giving a particular and faithful Account of what is most remarkable in the Manners, Religion, Polity, Antiquities, And Natural History Of Those Countries: With A Curious Description of Jerusalem, as it now appears, And Other Places Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures. By Charles Thompson, Esq. Interspersed with the Remarks of several other modern Travellers; illustrated with Notes, Historical, Geographical, and Miscellaneous. Glasgow: Printed By Napier And Khull, For John Kirk, The Publisher, Calton-Cross. 1798.