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  1. Exiles in the Aegean.
    BIRTLES, Bert. Exiles in the Aegean.

    London : 1938

    The surprisingly uncommon first edition, first impression; from the library of the celebrated film critic Dilys Powell, with her pencilled signature on the front free endpaper. Bert Birtles was an Australian author and journalist and Exiles in the Aegean, his only book, "was admired for revealing the experiences of the communists exiled to the islands... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144783

  2. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.
    BOSCHETTI, Ambrogio. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.

    Trieste : 1854

    First and only edition, attractive and uncommon, just seven copies on WorldCat, four of them in Italy and one apiece in the USA (Harvard), Germany (Bayerische Staatsbiblioothek), and Switzerland (Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese); no copy in the UK. A timely and thorough description of the Baltic and the cities of its coast, published during the Crimean... Learn More

    Stock Code: 79397

  3. Ancient Pagan Tombs and Christian Cemeteries,
    CARUANA, A. A. Ancient Pagan Tombs and Christian Cemeteries,

    Malta : 1898

    First and only edition of this study of early funerary antiquities and practices in Malta by Dr. Antonio Annetto Caruana (1830-1905), a "pioneer in the field of Heritage Management in the Maltese islands" (Romina Delia).

    Caruana was an archaeologist and author, who served as Librarian and Keeper of Antiquities at the Malta Library from 1880... Learn More

    Stock Code: 133559

  4. Cyprus:
    CESNOLA, General Louis Palma Di. Cyprus:

    London : 1877

    First edition of this controversial work on Cypriot antiques by Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832-1904) an Italian-American soldier, diplomat, and amateur archaeologist. He was United States consul at Larnaca in Cyprus from 1865 to 1877, a time during which he carried out extensive excavations and uncovered a large quantity of antiquities. The collection... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132949

  5. Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece.
    CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER, Marie Gabriel F. A., Comte de Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece.

    Paris : 1782

    First edition, first issue, the Discours Préliminaire concluding on the fourth line of page xvi. First volume only, but complete in itself, and without doubt one of the most desirable of all 18th-century works on Greece. A second volume was published in two parts, the first in 1809, and the "final biographical livraison was published posthumously"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 83997

  6. The Tragedy of Greece.
    COSMETATOS, S. P. P. The Tragedy of Greece.

    London : 1928

    First UK edition, first impression, decidedly uncommon; a superbly provenanced copy: inscribed by the author in Greek on the front free endpaper to the prime minister of Greece, Stafanos Skouloudis, "To the honourable and dear Mr. Stefanos Skouloudis in memory of common national struggles, S. P. Phocas Cosmetatos, London 26th October 1928".

    Skouloudis... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144795

  7. Collection of 9 Foreign Office Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports.
    CRETE. Collection of 9 Foreign Office Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports.

    London : 1886 - 1912

    Extremely scarce: a substantial run of Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports relating to Crete, issued by the Foreign Office at a turbulent period when the island was emerging from Ottoman control; those for the period 1901-04 published in an edition of 1,400 copies each, the last four years in tiny print runs of between 75 and 90 copies only.

    This... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146336

  8. The Burden of the Balkans.
    DURHAM, M. Edith. The Burden of the Balkans.

    London : 1905

    First edition of the author's second book, describing a tour in the Ottoman provinces of Skodra, Monastir and Janina, which together cover parts of modern Albania, Macedonia and Greece. Durham (1863-1944) was nearly forty when she first visited the Balkans, then rarely visited by outsiders, and "described her experiences in a series of vivid and forthright... Learn More

    Stock Code: 121049

  9. Inscribed original portrait photograph.
    GEORGE II of Greece. Inscribed original portrait photograph.

    Athens : 1941

    Striking profile image of the ill-starred king of Greece, George II, pictured wearing the uniform of a British general, inscribed below the image, "For Mr. Hutchinson, George II R, 23rd-29th April 1941"; the dating is significant as on 23 April 1941 the king and government left mainland Greece for Crete, before going into exile, first in Egypt and then... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143263

  10. The Restoration of the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George at Corfu.
    GREECE - CORFU. The Restoration of the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George at Corfu.

    Athens : 1959

    First and sole edition, rare: printed privately for the Trustees, who are listed and number just nine; an online search of institutional libraries locates one copy only, at Princeton.

    This is an attractively produced guide to the restoration work at the neoclassical Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, built between 1819 and 1824, to a... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144019

  11. Elgin Marbles.
    LAWRENCE, Richard. Elgin Marbles.

    London : 1818

    First edition of this representation of the famous Elgin collection of Greek sculptures, controversially removed from the Parthenon at the beginning of the 19th century. This is uncommonly found in the original boards.

    While he was British ambassador at Constantinople from 1801 to 1803, Thomas Bruce, the Earl of Elgin, had received permission... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146344

  12. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.
    LEAKE, William Martin. The Topography of Athens with some Remarks on its Antiquities.

    London : 1821

    First edition. "The basis for modern topographical and archaeological studies of the city. A very important work" (Blackmer). Trained at the Royal Military Academy, Leake served for three years on the garrison at Antigua before joining the British military mission to the Ottoman empire in 1799. He accompanied an Anglo-Turkish expedition overland to... Learn More

    Stock Code: 106230

  13. Views in the Seven Ionian Islands,
    LEAR, Edward. Views in the Seven Ionian Islands,

    Oldham : 1979

    Limited facsimile edition, number 777 of 1,000 copies, faithfully reproducing the 1863 original.

    Views in the Seven Ionian Islands is described by Lear's biographer Peter Levi as "the finest of Edward Lear's productions as a traveller... because its lithographs are of such beauty and done with such care... it marks a high point in his career"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147630

  14. Crete, Past and Present.
    MILLER, Henry - ELLIADI, M. N. Crete, Past and Present.

    London : 1933

    First and only edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed, partly in romanized Greek, on the front free endpaper "As a token of regard, M. N. Elliadi" to "Kyrios Henry Miller", and with a later gift inscription, from Miller and Lawrence Durrell (as "Larry") "For Ray & George, with gratitude", dated August 1962.

    Although undated, the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142908

  15. The Letters and Works.
    MONTAGU, Lady Mary Wortley. The Letters and Works.

    London : 1837

    First edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's works and letters as edited by her great-grandson, in a handsome contemporary binding.

    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) was a friend of Alexander Pope and John Gay, but is best remembered as "one of the most important women writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen, and one of her period's most... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146138

  16. Bulgarian Conspiracy.
    SWIRE, Joseph. Bulgarian Conspiracy.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, surprisingly uncommon on the open market, especially so with the attractive dust jacket. This is an important account by one of the leading British Balkanists of a turbulent period in modern Bulgarian history, focusing on the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (IMRO), the Zveno Group, and one of its leaders,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145554

  17. A Journey into Greece,
    WHELER, George. A Journey into Greece,

    London : 1682

    First edition of Wheler's account of his travels through Greece and Constantinople in 1675-76.

    Wheler was particularly interested in botany and topography, and this was the first work to attempt a systematic topographical description of Greece. The book is extensively illustrated with engravings of inscriptions, coins, plants, and buildings,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144658

  18. Four Years in the Ionian Islands.
    WHITTINGHAM, Ferdinand, Major-General. Four Years in the Ionian Islands.

    London : 1864

    First and only edition, uncommon, just eleven copies on Library Hub; a single copy recorded at auction, the Blackmer sale. Both volumes inscribed on the front free endpapers; "Clementina L. Whittingham, from her loving father the Author, Feby. 2d. 1874"; the title pages annotated "(Written by Major-General Ferdinand Whittingham C.B.) M.S.S. sic notes... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132270

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