Baker, Samuel White
2,000 - 2,500 GBP
bidding is closed
- Illustrated autograph letter about Cyprus signed, to "My dear Kerkson"
- ink on paper
incorporating a MAP OF CYPRUS, comparing the different qualities in various regions of the island to the contrasting counties of England, describing the unfortunate impression gained by landing at the principal ports ("...situated in the most ugly position..."), discussing the different coasts ("...The Northern coast is exceedingly beautiful, and I know nothing as lovely as the neighbourhood of Kyrenia..."), mountains, areas of cultivation ("...the great central district depends entirely upon artificial irrigation, which does not exist!...") and climate ("There is a general opinion that the destruction of forests has changed the climate and affected the rain-fall. I do not think this has been the case to an important degree..."), 4 pages, 4to, Cyprus, 1879, split across at centre fold, a few other tears at edges repaired
George Cosmatos, sale in these rooms, Tuesday 31 March 1998, lot 15