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CARLISLE, The Right Honourable The Earl of.

Diary in Turkish and Greek Waters.

Published: London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854

Stock code: 44344

Price: £200

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First edition. George William Frederick Howard, Seventh Earl of Carlisle, Liberal politician of a mildly reforming bent, resigned in 1852 when he failed to obtain a Cabinet position in the incoming Peelite-Liberal coalition, “In consequence of this he believed that he had failed in politics …and spent most of the next twelve months travelling on the continent.” (ODNB) In quite informal and loquacious diary form – Blackmer notes his gossipy entries on life in Athens – but some useful material, “Nothing can exceed the neglected and squalid condition of these interesting buildings; the temple of the Winds was undergoing a systematic pelting from the ingenuous boyhood of Athens. It can hardly have been worse in Turkish times, and it certainly continues to afford the best justification to Lord Elgin.”

Octavo, original dun cloth, title gilt to spine, blind panelling to the boards. Publisher’s ads to the pastedowns. Armorial bookplate of a branch of the Browne family, motto “Suivez Raison” to the front pastedown. A little rubbed and dusty, slightly cocked, light browning, else very good.

Bibliography: Blackmer Collection, 835.

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