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HOBHOUSE, SIR JOHN CAMERON: - A Journey through Albania and Other Provinces of Turkey in Europe and Asia, to Constantinople, during the years 1809 and 1810. London, Printed for James Cawthorn, 1813.

. Thick 4to. Pp. (xix), (1) errata, 1152 + pp. (8) including two pages of facsimile letters, two engraved plates of music, directions to the binder and publisher's adv. With engraved front, two folding engraved maps, seventeen hand-coloured aquatints (seven double-page) and one plan. Partly with some minor foxing, some plates with discolouration and one plate with small tear. Contemporary full calf, expertly rebacked to style with a flat spine elaborated with gilt and red title label. A handsome copy of the first edition with a remarkable provenance. John Cam Hobhouse (1786-1869) known as Lord Broughton was a close friend of Lord Byron with whom he made this journey to Albania, Greece and Turkey, in particular to Janina (Ioannina). These letters include detailed descriptions of the places en route, as well as meetings with various characters, including the notorious Ali Pasha of Tepelena. The beautiful hand-coloured plates depict costumes, highlighted in gold, views and historical sites. According to Atabey, the plates were done from drawings by the British architect Charles Cockerell and the German landscape painter Jacob Linckh. They participated in an expedition in 1810 to the temples of Aphaia in Aegina and of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae. Atabey 584. Blackmer 821. Navari Greek Civilization, 330. Cf Abbey Travel 202 (2nd ed.) Provenance: Mary Hamilton Bruce (née Nisbet, 1777-1855), was the first wife of British diplomat Thomas Bruce 7th Earl of Elgin during his term as Ambassador extraordinary to the Ottoman Empire. Bruce became famous for the "Elgin marbles", a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures which were removed from the Parthenon and other places in Athens, and brought to Britain. (today kept at the British Museum).
EUR 6000.00 [Appr.: US$ 7265.38 | £UK 5149.5 | JP¥ 796686] Book number 100460

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