On Horseback Through Asia Minor
On Horseback Through Asia Minor
On Horseback Through Asia Minor

On Horseback Through Asia Minor

1877 United Kingdom

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On Horseback Through Asia Minor

Burnaby, Fred


Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington

Two volumes complete - Volume One - xxxii, 352pp and Volume Two - xix, [1], 399pp, [1]. Slightly later half-calf and marbled paper over boards, semi-raised bands, spines in six panels, morocco title label to second panel, volume to fourth, remaining panels with central flower head and volute device, with volute corner pieces making up a frame, edges sprinkled red. Slightly rubbed to extremities, one or two small scuffs, but generally a bright set. Internally some light foxing to endpapers, folding map to volume two with old repair to reverse and is folded poorly, otherwise bright and clean. Previous owner's circular bookplate to front pastedowns. With a photographic frontispiece, and three folding maps. The Sixth edition (published in the same year as the first) of Burnaby's second work. "At the time of controversy in Britain over the Eastern question, in the winter of 1876-7, Burnaby, on leave, travelled in Turkish-ruled Asia Minor. With his faithful soldier-servant George Radford, he went from Constantinople via Angora to Kars and Batumi. He was welcomed by Turkish officials and others, hoping for British support against Russia. He wrote On Horseback through Asia Minor (2 vols., 1877). Another proudly British travelogue, its message was pro-Turkish and anti-Russian, asserting that, despite faults, Turkish rule was better than Russian, and that Russia was a threat to India. While he was writing the book the Russo-Turkish War began, and he demanded British support for Turkey. The publisher paid him
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