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The Beauties of the Bosphorus. Illustrated - PARDOE, Julia - 1838. 
London: George Virtue, 1838 - Quarto (257 x 195 mm). Contemporary green full morocco, gilt-tooled flat bands to spine forming compartments, second and fourth gilt-lettered direct, rolled borders to covers in gilt and blind, all edges gilt, inner dentelles gilt, yellow surface-paper endpapers, bound fabric page-marker. Contemporary ownership inscription of J. W. Branche dated 1840 to title, later bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. Title slightly foxed, occasional light marginal spotting to plates, the images rarely affected. An excellent copy in a handsome binding. 80 engraved plates with tissue guards including portrait frontispiece and map, engraved vignette title page. First edition. "In 1835 Pardoe accompanied her father to Constantinople, and at the time it was felt that no woman apart from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu had acquired so intimate a knowledge of Turkey" (ODNB). The Beauties of the Bosphorus was published to capitalise on the great success of the author's City of the Sultan (1837), and to provide a text for Bartlett's engravings, "among the earliest of his Eastern series to appear" (Blackmer). William Bartlett spent most of the 1830s travelling across Europe, the Middle East and North America providing illustrations for travel books, most of which were published by Virtue. Atabey 922; Blackmer 1254. [Attributes: First Edition]
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