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WILKINSON, Sir J. Gardner.

Dalmatia and Montenegro:

with a journey to Mostar in Herzegovina, and remarks on the Slavonic nations; the history of Dalmatia and Ragusa; the Uscocs; &c. &c.

London: John Murray, 1848 Stock Code: 120050
£750.00
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"Rich social and historical detail"

First edition, a beautifully bound set of this handsomely illustrated work. Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1875) is better known as "the father of British Egyptology". His trip through south-eastern Europe in 1844 has been described by his biographer, Jason Thompson, as "a good travelogue, equal to some of the best of that popular nineteenth-century genre. He took a wealth of supplementary information and skilfully wove it onto the narrative warp of his journey. He also attached numerous historical digressions without losing his narrative thread. Some of these are quite good, especially the one about the Paulician heresy Commercial and political information abounds, including some observations of a specifically strategic nature. The finished product was, therefore, an important contribution to understanding a part of Europe that was being viewed with increasing speculation and apprehension. That is clear from the fact that the book was promptly translated into German. Because of its rich social and historical detail, it has been an important source for succeeding generations of scholars" (Sir Gardner Wilkinson and His Circle, 1992, p. 178).

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Description

2 volumes, octavo (216 x 133 mm). Late 19th-century full polished calf by Bedford, richly gilt spines, red and green morocco twin labels, gilt French fillet border on sides, corner rosettes, all edges gilt, richly gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

7 tinted lithograph plates (2 folding) by Hullmandel & Walton after Gardner Wilkinson, 7 wood-engraved plates, wood-engravings in the text, folding engraved map, 2 folding letterpress genealogical tables.

Condition

Contemporary engraved armorial roundel bookplate of Sir Henry Hope Edwardes, 10th baronet (1829-1900), of the Edwardes baronetcy of Shrewsbury (whose "choice and valuable library" was auctioned at Christie's, May 1901). Scattered foxing to plates. An excellent copy.

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