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Through Asiatic Turkey: Bombay to the Bosphorus (two volumes)

Grattan Geary

Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington 1878

Binding:  Hardback  |  Condition: Good  | 

Complete two volume set of the 'former editor of The Times of India' Grattan Geary's account of his travels through Asiatic Turkey. Here he sets out from British controlled India on his way to European Turkey and Constantinople. Disregarding requests to postpone his trip until the Ottoman Turks re-establish control over the region, Geary encounters nomads, pirates, bandits, British Warships and travelers of all sorts as he makes his way as far as Mosul in Mesopotamia. An inquiring mind, Geary takes his time to analyze the social, political and economic conditions of the region; the appendix contains a raft of stats on population, trade and the governance of Baghdad for example; nothing escapes his attention, be it historical or zoological. The second volume of Geary, editor of the India Times' travel journals. In the second volume he travels from Kirkuk, along the Euphrates and onto Constantinople. As before he keeps a keen eye on the people and the social and religious changes within the region and finally addresses the future of the Ottoman Empire. Contains 14 (missing one plate plus map) b/w illustrations of the people and places he encounters. EX-library in a quarter leather library binding. Library plates to front and rear pastedown, stamps to title pages. Foxing and marking within. Rubbing to leather. But contents generally clean and binding sound. A sturdy set of this rare and fascinating work. Good.