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Oriental Carpets : How They are Made and Conveyed to Europe with a Narrative of a Journey to the East in Search of Them.
London: T Fisher Unwin: First edition 1884 - 8vo., [xvi], 75pp., + 4pp publisher's ads, tinted engraved frontispiece showing carpet dealing direct with natives, the author bargaining over a prayer carpet in Daghestan with the temperature 125 degrees, fine colour plate showing a Daghestan rug and 9 other finely engraved tinted plates, large folding map (with neat closed tear) at rear. Original cloth blocked in gilt, black on front cover & spine and in blind on rear cover. A VG tightly bound copy, with just a few light marks to upper cover, of this very scarce work which is the earliest book in English on rugs.This volume contains a narrative of a journey to the Caspian region, undertaken with the object of gaining personal knowledge in the manufacture of Eastern fabrics, more especially having regard to the carpet industry. The drawings are the production of a local artist - Mr. W. F. Smiles - from photographs purchased of an enterprising French artist, resident in Tiflis, and from information, sketches, and ideas with which I have been able to supply him. The map attached to the volume has no pretence whatever to geographical research, and is only intended as a guide to more readily follow the carpet manufacturing districts referred to in the narrative. Recent Russian military victories enabled the intrepid author to visit areas that would otherwise have been too dangerous. He established a direct trading route between the Middle East and Britain. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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