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Collection of 9 Foreign Office Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports.

London: HMSO, 1886 - 1912 Stock Code: 146336
£500.00
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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 sequence of highly-detailed reports covers the years 1886, 1901-04, and 1909-12. In his preface to the 1886 report, the consul, Alfred Biliotti, remarks on the difficulty of supplying statistical details for the island, "in a place like Crete, where no statistics of any kind are published, and where the Custom-house refuses to furnish any, information can only be obtained through the kindness of agents for steamers, merchants, and the Health Office". He goes on to comment that it was "out of the question to think of compiling a commercial report under the extraordinary and exciting political circumstances in which this island was placed by the successive arrivals of the combined fleets of Europe which began at the end of that month January 1885"; a reference to renewed unrest in Crete and the intervention of the Great Powers, which escalated over the coming decade, resulting in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 and the establishment of the independent Cretan State under Ottoman suzerainty with Prince George of Greece as its first High Commissioner.

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Description

9 works, octavo and quarto. Each stitched as issued, those for 1901-04 in original blue printed wrappers.

Illustrations

Folding map to each of the last 4 reports.

Condition

Excellent condition overall.

Bibliography

An online search of institutional libraries shows a single copy of the 1886 report at the National Library of Scotland, and the 1909-11-12 reports at the British Library only; the most substantial run seems to be held at the Deutsche Zentralbibliothek (18

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