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(PORTER, Sir James.) LARPENT, Sir George.

Turkey; its History and Progress:

from the Journals and Correspondence of Sir James Porter, Fifteen Years Ambassador at Constantinople; continued to the Present Time, with a Memopir of Sir James Porter, by his Grandson ...

Published: London: Hurst and Blackett, 1854

Stock code: 105237

Price: £1,500

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First edition. “Includes Porter’s unpublished journals and his very interesting papers and correspondence; volume II contains Larpent’s work on the progress of reform in Turkey, much of it based on Ubicini’s Lettres sur la Turquie (1851-4)” (Atabey). Porter, (1710–1776), met Lord Carteret through a mutual friend, and was “employed by him on several secret commercial missions to the continent … In 1741 he was sent to Vienna to assist Sir Thomas Robinson in the negotiations between Austria and Prussia; he returned the following year to Vienna on a special mission to Maria Theresa” (ODNB). He appointed ambassador at Constantinople in 1746 and remained in the post until 1762, winning praise from Sir William Jones for protecting Britain’s mercantile interests in the Ottoman empire. On his retirement in he devoted himself to scientific and literary pursuits, but being forced to decline the nomination for the presidency in 1768 “not feeling himself of sufficient consequence or rich enough to live in such a style as he conceived that the president of such a society should maintain”.

2 volumes octavo. Original green morocco-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine, elaborate blind panelling to both boards, Porter’s arms gilt to the front boards, pale yellow surface-paper endpapers. Engraved portrait frontispiece to each. Lightly rubbed, the spines tanned, frontispieces and title pages foxed, light toning, otherwise a very good set.

Bibliography: Atabey 975; not in Blackmer

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