1852. Two Volumes in One. Bartholomew Elliott George Warburton, British traveler and novelist, typically known as Eliot Warburton, gave up his practice as a barrister for travel and literature. He became a hit with his first book, The Crescent and the Cross. It was an account of his travels to Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Egypt. The spirited narrative of his adventures and the picturesque sketches of Eastern life and character were more than sufficient to justify the success of the book.