HOBHOUSE, J. C.
A Journey Through Albania and Other Provinces of Turkey in Europe and Asia,
to Constantinople, During the Years 1809 and 1810.
First edition of this account of a tour of Albania, Greece, and Turkey the author made together with Lord Byron. “Hobhouse’s account of this journey, Byron’s first visit to Greece, is of great interest not only for the light it sheds on an important period in the poet’s life, but also for Hobhouse’s detailed accounts of ethnographical and topographical materials and his descriptions of Ali Pasha’s court” (Blackmer). Initially travelling to Portugal and Spain, they “were encouraged by English naval and diplomatic intelligence to travel into Albania, where they stayed with Ali Pasha… an English naval force meanwhile took over most of the Ionian Islands, a fact on which Ali congratulated them. They then went into Greece, where they were surprised to discover considerable anti-Turkish feeling among the inhabitants. They based themselves in Athens, visiting Marathon on 24 January, and then went via Smyrna to Constantinople, where they attended an audience with Sultan Mahmoud II” (ODNB). Elements of this expedition were incorporated by Byron into Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, the narrative poem that would make its author famous and establish the image of the Byronic hero.
Quarto (265 x 204 mm). Near contemporary dark brown sheep, raised bands to spine, titles gilt to dark brown-green morocco label, decorations to bands gilt, to compartments in blind, double ruling to boards in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece, 17 hand-coloured aquatint plates, 7 of which are folding, all with tissue guards, one engraved architectural plan, 2 plates of Albanian script, 2 plates of music, 2 engraved folding maps. Bookplate of Kinturk to front pastedown. Small white stain to the slightly darkened spine, extremities lightly rubbed, corners gently bumped, boards a touch scuffed and soiled, minor worm damage to front joint, inner hinges cracked but holding firm, light offsetting from plates lacking tissue guard, a few short splits to the lightly foxed folding maps, occasional pale spotting to margins. A very good copy.
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