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The Women of Turkey.

And Their Folklore. With an ethnographical map and introductory chapters on the ethnography of Turkey; and folk-conceptions of nature, by John S. Stuart-Glennie. [Volume 1:] Christian Women. [Volume 2:] Jewish and Moslem Women.

Published: London: David Nutt, 1890-1

Stock code: 109714

Price: £1,250

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First edition, uncommon in the original cloth. “Lucy Garnett travelled extensively in the Balkans and Middle East, recording the customs of the people among whom she lived. In Smyrna, and later in Salonica, she learned Greek and Turkish; her familiarity with demotic Greek led to a collaboration with the folklorist John Stuart Stuart-Glennie … Her most important achievement was the documentation and comparative study of Balkan folk literature, which is still valuable when detached from the dubious theories of ‘scientific’ folklore with which Stuart-Glennie tended to preface and gloss her work. She was particularly interested in the lives and status of women, and took advantage of her access to the women’s quarters of remote Christian and Muslim communities to supplement the accounts of earlier travellers for whom, as she noted, ‘the female sex may be said not to have existed … at all’ (The Women of Turkey, 1, 1890, lxxvii)” (ODNB).

2 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, single (vol. 1) and double (vol. 2) frame to boards in blind, front boards with winged swastika and sun vignettes gilt, black (vol. 1) and brown (vol. 2) coated endpapers, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Folding ethnographic colour map. Vol. 1 with publisher’s presentation ink-stamp to half-title, vol. 2 with bookplate of Edward and Ruby Thalmann to front pastedown and rear pastedown with later bookseller’s ticket and library label. Extremities bumped and worn, a few nicks to spine-ends, covers lightly rubbed and marked; vol. 1 spine sunned with a few faint dents to rear board, vol. 2 half-title tanned. A very good copy.

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