BISHOP, Isabella Lucy (née BIRD). Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan Including a Summer in the Upper Karun Region and a Visit to the Nestorian Rayahs. New York, Putnam's Sons and London, John Murray, 1891.
8vo. 2 volumes. Original blue cloth, upper boards blocked in blue and gilt, spines blocked in gilt; pp. xiv, 381; [viii], 409, 2 frontispieces, 11 plates, illustrations, 2 colour-printed folding maps; a fine set, volume II largely unopened; 20th-century French bookplates.
First edition, US issue. Journeys in Persia recounts the latter part of Bishop's two-year journey through Turkey, Armenia, Persia and Kurdistan. She was robbed twice in Persia and Turkey of her notes, written in preparation for this book, and had largely to rely on her memory in writing the record of her journey; however, she wrote of arriving at Trebizond, "it was the journey's end, yet such is the magic charm of Asia that I would willingly have turned back at that moment to the snowy plateaux of Armenia and the savage mountains of Kurdistan" (II, p. 396). The map is remarkably accurate for its time and records a journey which wais quite unique at that time.- This is the best-preserved set we ever handled.
Theakstone p. 23; Wayward Women, p. 82; Wilson p.23.