London: John Murray, 1891. First edition Ex Library. Hardcover. Octavo. xiv, 381pp., 4 plates, 1 folding map., (2) 409pp, 7 plates, 1 folding map. Rebound in modern half calf over marbled boards with gilt lettering on spines; raised bands. Speckled edges. Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh. Frontispieces with tissue guards. "The letters of which these volumes are composed embrace the second half of journeys in the East extending over a period of two years... Unfortunately I was robbed of nearly the whole of these, partly on my last journey in Persia and partly on the Turkish frontier,–a serious loss, which must be my apology to the reader for errors which, without the misfortune, would not have occurred. The bibliography of Persia is a very extensive one, and it may well be that I have little that is new to communicate, except on a part of Luristan (Kurdistan) previously untraversed by Europeans..." (Bird). Illustrated with in-text drawings and thirteen plates, including frontispieces, and two folding maps. Maps and drawings are mostly based on materials and photographs supplied by Indian authorities. Contains appendices and index at rear. Library stamps on front free endpaper and few in block and on one map, minor sporadic foxing. Previous owner's name on front free endpapers. Very good condition. Item #47800
Isabella Lucy Bird (1831–1904) was a British explorer, writer and naturalist. Being featured in journals and magazines for decades she became a household name in Britain. Many honors were bestowed on her, including that of becoming the first woman to be awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical society.