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Prospect of the Desert of St John the Baptist
Prospect of the Desert of St John the BaptistGeorge Sandys.
Desert of St John Baptist.
London: William Barrett, 1617. 100 x 120mm, set in letterpress text. A copper-engraved view of the Desert of St John the Baptist, with the cave he inhabited and a ruined monastery.
Published in George Sandys' 'A relation of a journey begun An. Dom. 1610: Foure bookes. Containing a description of the Turkish Empire, of Aegypt, of the Holy Land, of the remote parts of Italy, and islands adjoyning'.
George Sandys (1577-1644), son of the Archbishop of York, travelled to Constantinople, the Holy Land and Egypt in 1610. The account of this expedition, which was first published in 1615, contained detailed descriptions of the geography and ethnology of the Levant.
In April 1621 Sandys became colonial treasurer of the Virginia Company and spent the next decade in the colony. In 1624, when Virginia became a Crown Colony, he became a member of council. After he failed to become Secretary in 1631 he returned to England.


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