London: Printed for James Cawthorn, 1813. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xix, (1)1152 (5)pp., 21 plates, 2 folding maps. Rebacked in three-quarter calf over marbled boards with gilt lettering, ruling and tooling on spine. Frontispiece engraving. Includes two folding maps, one of Albania and the Western Half of the Hellespontine Phygia, engraved frontispiece, one plan, two facsimiles, two sheets of music, seventeen hand colored aquatint plates, seven of them double-paged, ten colored single-paged and seven of those are costume plates which are heightened in gilt. (Abbey 202).
Experiences of J. C. Hobhouse traveling through Albania and Turkey presented in fifty-one letters. "The sheets of the Albanian part of the Tour were composed and printed when the Writer was absent from England, and had it not in his power to correct his notions and increase his knowledge, by communicating with intelligent friends and consulting extensive libraries; the remaining part of the Journey was sent page by page to the press, and not previously collected in one entire manuscript volume, so as to enable the Author to revise and polish the whole work by a collation and comparison of its separate part." (Author). Illustrated with seventeen extraordinary hand colored aquatint plates, seven of them outstanding architectural jewels, single plates of landscapes and intricate costumes of people encountered during the journey. "Hobhouse, who succeeded to a baronetcy in 1831 and was created Baron Broughton in 1851, made this journey in company with Byron, whose friend, and later executor, he was." (Abbey 202). Famous account of Hobhouse's tour with Byron as it is an important source for that period of Byron's life, the intellectual movement of the time in Greece and the court and character of Ali Pasha.
Binding with some wear along edges, some scuffing and rubbing of marbled boards. Ex-Libris of Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell on inside front cover. Starting at inside front cover. Frontispiece with some water staining in upper left corner with offsetting to opposing title page. Water staining visible at foredge throughout, but not extending to pages with some exceptions. Maps with some foxing and sporadic light foxing in block throughout. Last few pages, including facsimiles and musical sheets, with water staining in lower right corner and foxed. Binding in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #46064