London: John Murray, 1821. First Edition. First printing. Quarto (27cm). Rebound in modern half calf with marbled paper, titled on red leather spine label; plain modern endpapers; xii,383,pp; large folding map, 17 hand-colored lithographic plates drawn by M. Gauci from sketches by Lyon, printed by Hullmandel, and occasional in-text wood engravings. Nineteenth-century stamp of the Edinburgh Subscription Library to blank side of each plate. Rebound, spine leather dry and cracking slightly, scattered minor foxing, but generally a pleasing copy: Very Good.
"Lyon was commissioned to accompany Joseph Ritchie on an expedition to reach the Niger by way of North Africa. However, when Ritchie died [of dysentery] at Murzuk in Libya, the mission was abandoned and Lyon returned to England" (HOWGEGO II, L52). His account of the voyage includes cultural observations as well as geographical notes, and is illustrated with genre scenes and depictions of traditional Libyan clothes.