Lemley, John. The Land of Sacred Story; By John Lemley, Editor of Zion's Watchman, and author of Personal Recollections. Albany, New York: John Lemley, 1891. First Edition. 
Black publisher's cloth (Lemley), stamped in blind to the boards and gilt to the spine, 5 3/4 x 8 inches, structurally sound and tight but with some worming in the outer hinges and back board. Frontispiece portrait of Lemley, x., 514 clean pp., tight, illustrated from photographs taken on the trip. Page corner tips bumped at top. Good. Hardcover.
Lemley's account of his travels and personal observations, landing in Cairo and traveling to the Holy Land. He visits many places mentioned in the Bible, travels as far as Damascus, visits Cyprus, and then the Asian churches of the Revelation. He continues on to Greece and its islands, and then to Pompeii and to Rome. The last chapter is his tour through central Europe, through England & Scotland, and then home.
"[The journey] has been full of interest and instruction to us - has opened the pages of the Bible as nothing else could do...Next to going to Heaven, this visit to the land where Heaven was revealed to man and where redemption for the race was wrought out, has been the most inspiring of human experiences...We had promised the readers of Zion's Watchman that we would write down our observations by the way, and send them to the paper for publication, in the hope that what we saw would be helpful to those who had learned to love our artless way of describing things." - pp. xiii.-ix.
John Lemley (1843-1911) b. Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. Lemley emigrated with his family to New York State, where, at age ten, "he was driven out," and left on his own for the West to escape an alcoholic and abusive father. He found work on various farms in Missouri & Illinois. He returned east, and attended the Wesleyan College at Middletown, CT, but did not graduate, leaving at the end of the freshman year. He was a journalist (1868-1911), publishing Methodist & Holiness views. He was editor of the Golden Censor (1868-1877) and Zion's Watchman (1879-1881). He enjoyed some success as an author, including his travelogue of the Holy Land, The Land of Sacred Story.