A Journey through Albania and other Provinces of Turkey in Europe …
A Journey through Albania and other Provinces of Turkey in Europe …
A Journey through Albania and other Provinces of Turkey in Europe …
A Journey through Albania and other Provinces of Turkey in Europe …
A Journey through Albania and other Provinces of Turkey in Europe …

HOBHOUSE, John Cam. A Journey through Albania and other Provinces of Turkey in Europe and Asia, to Constantinople, during the Years 1809 and 1810.

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HOBHOUSE, John Cam. A Journey through Albania and other Provinces of Turkey in Europe and Asia, to Constantinople, during the Years 1809 and 1810. London, James Cawthorn, 1813.

One volume in two, 4to. Contemporary diced calf, rebacked in the late 20th century; pp. xix, 518; [2], [519]-1152, [2], with engraved frontispiece, engraved architectural plate, two folding engraved maps, two engraved facsimiles of letters, two engraved leaves of musical scores on one double-sheet and 17 hand-coloured aquatint plates, seven of which folding; a little wear to the exstremities of the bindings, bookplates removed at an early date, internally occasional light toning or spotting; an attractive copy.
First edition of a magnificent book on the Balkans under slowly crumbling Turkish rule, written by a fellow traveller with - and close friend of - Lord Byron. John Cam Hobhouse and Baron Broughton (1786–1869) had founded a Whig club at Cambridge. In 1809 the two 'travelled across Portugal and Spain to Gibraltar. From Malta he and Byron were encouraged by English naval and diplomatic intelligence to travel into Albania, where they stayed with Ali Pasha from 19 to 23 October 1809; an English naval force meanwhile took over most of the Ionian Islands, a fact on which Ali congratulated them. They then went into Greece, where they were surprised to discover considerable anti-Turkish feeling among the inhabitants. They based themselves in Athens, visiting Marathon on 24 January, and then went via Smyrna to Constantinople, where they attended an audience with Sultan Mahmoud II on 10 July. On 31 October 1809 Hobhouse recorded in his diary, "Byron is writing a long poem in the Spenserian stanza"—the first reference to Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (BL, Add. MS 56527, fol. 65r). Prior to its publication Hobhouse had regarded Byron as his poetic equal. Lines 247–62 in the first edition of English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809) are by him. In their absence from England, Hobhouse's anthology Imitations and Translations was published, containing several poems by Byron. On returning Hobhouse published a comic poem, The Wonders of a Week at Bath, and his account of their eastern tour, A Journey through Albania, and other Provinces of Turkey, went through two printings. It is notable for its final section, about the aspirations and failures of Sultan Selim III. The book brought him a fellowship of the Royal Society in 1814' (Oxford DNB).
'Some of the interesting plates of the Athenian monuments in this work were commissioned by Byron from the artist Jacob Lynckh, later involved in excavations at Aegina with the architect Charles Cockerell, who also produced drawings for Hobhouse's work' (Atabey).
Atabey 584 (lacking preliminaries and directions to the binder), Blackmer 821, Navari, Greek Civilization, 330, see Abbey Travel 202 for the second edition.

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