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Baker, Samuel White

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  • Cyprus as I saw it in 1879. London: Macmillan and Co., 1879
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FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed "From the Author Samuel Baker", 8vo (220 x 135mm.), half-title, wood-engraved frontispiece, 2pp. adverts + 40pp. adverts (latter dated August 1879) at end, original green cloth gilt, frontispiece with show-through from presentation inscription

Provenance

Hereward Brackenbury, bookplate

Literature

Blackmer 67; Cobham-Jeffery, p.3; Ioannou, Cyprus and the Levant from the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, I, p.19; not in Atabey

Catalogue Note

Following the British occupation of the island in 1878 Baker spent most of 1879 in Cyprus. Travelling in a gypsy van he describes his adventures and provides geographical and topographical descriptions, comments on the coexistence of Christians and Muslims and on the political situation.

This copy has a number of minor corrections to the text in pencil, presumably by or for the author, on pages xii, xiv, xix, 368, 369 and 375.

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