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Notes From a Diary in Asiatic Turkey.
- London, Edward Arnold, 1898. 4to. Original green ribbed cloth, decorated after a photograph by Sir John Stirling Maxwell, lettered in gilt; pp. xvi, 267, numerous plates after photographs (many of which in photogravure), folding map; minor rubbing to extremities, internally occasional light spotting; a very good copy; provenance: engraved bookplate of St. Paul's Girls' School inside front coverWithdrawn stamp on half-title), typed name label John Gordon Cumming on opposite fly-leaf, contemporary oval collector's stamp of G. E. F. Georgiou and his signature on title. Scarce first edition of an important travelogue of Asia Minor written by the MP for South Kensington, who developed a taste for Turkish travel in 1895 and became one of the leading Turkophiles of the British establishment. 'He travelled to the area again in 1897, and wrote of his experiences in Notes of a Diary in Asiatic Turkey (1898), in which he stated that he had "no desire to conceal my sympathy with the Turks" (p. xii) . Earl Percy (as he was known from 1899, when his father succeeded to the dukedom) promoted an alliance between Germany and Britain over Turkey to promote stability and stem Russian influence' (ODNB). The journey was an extensive one, with the travellers visiting Assyrian and Nestorian Christians, Kurds, Armenians, popping into modern Iraq, documenting communities in the Anatolian highlands barely visited by Western Europeans before. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd]
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