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  • JOURNAL OF A TOUR IN ASIA MINOR, with comparative remarks on the ancient and modern geography of that country by LEAKE, William Martin, 1777-1860
    LEAKE, William Martin, 1777-1860
    JOURNAL OF A TOUR IN ASIA MINOR, with comparative remarks on the ancient and modern geography of that country

    Edition: First Edition

    London: John Murray, 1824. Quarter bound in original green patterned cloth and tan boards, paper spine label, page edges rough trimmed. pp (xxx), 362, (2, ads) + frontispiece illustration + large folding map + 2 full-page plans of Troas. Illustrations in text, indexed. Spine label tanned; partial cloth split to front joint neatly repaired; slight damp and soil spotting to boards; front inner hinge neatly repaired with rice paper; two old private ink ownership inscriptions at front (person at King's College, Toronto); damp stain to corner of frontispiece; bit of foxing to the two full page maps and only occasional foxing spots in text; large chip to fore margin of last two leaves of text (no printing affected); soft…

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    London: John Murray, 1824. Quarter bound in original green patterned cloth and tan boards, paper spine label, page edges rough trimmed. pp (xxx), 362, (2, ads) + frontispiece illustration + large folding map + 2 full-page plans of Troas. Illustrations in text, indexed. Spine label tanned; partial cloth split to front joint neatly repaired; slight damp and soil spotting to boards; front inner hinge neatly repaired with rice paper; two old private ink ownership inscriptions at front (person at King's College, Toronto); damp stain to corner of frontispiece; bit of foxing to the two full page maps and only occasional foxing spots in text; large chip to fore margin of last two leaves of text (no printing affected); soft corner creases to late leaves; page edges tanned; leaves unopened at edges of last quarter of the text; one inch tear to inner margin of folding map neatly repaired with clear archival paper tape on the blank side; in all, a VG clean, tight and unworn pleasant copy. As an officer in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Leake was in 1799 sent to Constantinople to train the Ottoman army for its defense against Napoleon. A journey through Asia Minor in 1800 to join the British fleet at Cyprus kindled his interest in antiquarian topography. He was later sent out again to survey the coasts of Albania and Morea. He retired from the army in 1815 and devoted the rest of his life to antiquarian topology. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1815 and was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society. "His account is the first complete and systematic description of the geography of Asia Minor. All of his work is equally precise as regards geography, antiquities and philology." - Blackmer 972.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 47720
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  • Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares by TOTT, François de, Baron (Báró Tóth Ferenc), 1733-93
    TOTT, François de, Baron (Báró Tóth Ferenc), 1733-93
    Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares

    Edition: First edition

    Amsterdam: No publisher, 1784. Four volumes, in old quarter mottled calf and patterned boards, tan morocco titling pieces. pp lvi, 274; 301; 252; 208; half-title in each volume; woodcut title page vignette and head pieces. Bindings with modest rubbing and wear to the edges and spines; some inner hinges cracked but all quite firm; Vol. I has a very small chip at head of spine and a small abrasion to upper front joint; otherwise VG+ externally, internally fine, with normal paper rippling. >>>De Tott was a French military officer and diplomat of Hungarian origin. Upon first traveling to Constantinople in 1755 as the secretary of his uncle ambassador Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, de Tott learned Turkish and made…

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    Amsterdam: No publisher, 1784. Four volumes, in old quarter mottled calf and patterned boards, tan morocco titling pieces. pp lvi, 274; 301; 252; 208; half-title in each volume; woodcut title page vignette and head pieces. Bindings with modest rubbing and wear to the edges and spines; some inner hinges cracked but all quite firm; Vol. I has a very small chip at head of spine and a small abrasion to upper front joint; otherwise VG+ externally, internally fine, with normal paper rippling. >>>De Tott was a French military officer and diplomat of Hungarian origin. Upon first traveling to Constantinople in 1755 as the secretary of his uncle ambassador Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, de Tott learned Turkish and made the political situation in the Crimea his special study. Returning to Crimea in 1767 as French consul, he incited the Tatars to rebel against Imperial Russia and subsequently played a significant role on the side of the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, being tasked with defending the Dardanelles against the Russian fleet. He travelled across the Ottoman Empire, visiting coastal cities around the Mediterranean Sea, mainly Alexandria, Aleppo, Smyrna, Salonika and Tunis. De Tott lived in Turkey for 23 years. He also prospected the area for the construction of a canal in Suez and was appointed Inspector-General of the Levant for France in 1776. This work is credited with being the first objective account of Turkey by a Western writer. "According to Herold, Bonaparte in Egypt, De Tott was in fact an agent of the French secret service, and his inspection tour was a cover for exploring the possibility of a French seizure of Egypt; he prepared a special report on this subject for the French Foreign Office. His memoirs had a great success; they provide objective information and a new unromantic view of the Ottoman Empire." (Blackmer Collection 1667). 2 kg parcel.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48903
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  • UNSWORTH, Barry
    MOONCRANKER’S GIFT

    Edition: First printing

    London: Allen Lane, 1973. Octavo, green boards. Tidy ink owner name (date on other side) at top of front free endpaper, else fine. Dust jacket has a light sticker shadow and a new publisher’s price sticker at lower front flap, else fine. Istanbul setting.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 34546
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  • KEMAL, Yashar
    THE WIND FROM THE PLAIN. Translated by Tilda Kemal

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Collins and Harvill Press, 1963. Brown boards. Page edges tanned with minor foxing, boards just a mite bowed, else fine. Jacket has nicks and tiny chips at spine ends, short creased corner tear to front panel, small corner tear to rear panel, VG otherwise, flap price intact. Second novel by this important Turkish writer.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 41092
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