DURHAM, M. Edith.

The Burden of the Balkans.

London: Edward Arnold, 1905 Stock Code: 121049
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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 books" (ODNB). She had initially travelled for health reasons, but found herself performing relief work after the Macedonian insurrection of 1903. She was almost alone in understanding the series of Balkan conflicts as wars of nationality more than religion, and saw that the predominantly Muslim Albanians were put at a special disadvantage by the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire. She lobbied assiduously for the Albanians in dispatches for British newspapers, founded an Anglo-Albanian association and was offered permanent residency in the country after the Great War. Scarce in collector's condition.

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Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in black, front board lettered and illustrated in black, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.


Tinted portrait frontispiece, 7 half-tone plates and numerous illustrations to the text, several full-page, all after the author's own sketches, folding map to rear.


2 publisher's advertisement slips laid in. Spine slightly rolled and faded, light rubbing to extremities, pale marking to rear board, very mild scattered foxing, a few short nicks to fore edge of folding map, the image unaffected. A very good copy.


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