BRASSEY, Annie, Lady. Sunshine And Storm In The East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople. London, Longmans, Green & Co.,1881.
8vo. Original pictorial cloth in red (the rare variant), black and gold, designed in the style of Gustave Doré, all edges gilt, patterened endpapers; pp. xxi, , 488, wood-engraved vignette on title, with wood-engraved frontispiece, eight wood-engraved plates (all in pagination) and over 100 wood-engravings in the text, colour-printed folding maps at either end of the volume; light wear to extremities, offsetting from endpapers, light browning and spotting only in places, the folding Cyprus map at the end with a few repairs in the margin, a very good copy in a well-preserved fine cloth binding, neat contemporary ownership inscription by one Maggie Fildes to front fly-leaf..
Second edition of an account of a classic private luxury cruise of the Mediterranean with a strong focus on the Levant and illustrations of city- and landscapes, street scenes, as well as regional jewellery, written by one of the most prominent women travellers of the Victorian period, Anna "Annie" Brassey (née Allnutt), Baroness Brassey (1839-1887), who had her household and family on board of the Sunbeam and keenly observed societies and cities, collected artifacts and took photos, a large portion of which are now owned by the Huntington Library.
The first edition (1880) had appeared in a celebrated binding designed (and signed) by Gustave Doré; the present binding, by Simpson & Renshaw, is no less spectacular and not dissimilar in style, though less allegorical.