LEAR, Edward. Journals of a Landscape Painter in Albania, &c. London, Richard Bentley, 1851.
8vo. Original blue cloth by Remnant & Edmonds, London with their ticket on the lower pastedown, boards blocked in blind with central lozenge enclosed by a border, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, cream endpapers; pp. [iv], 428; lithographic with tissue guard, 20 tinted lithographic plates in 3 tints by and after Lear; a little rubbed with minor losses at extremities, slight cracking on hinges, some light offsetting (as often), occasional light browning and spotting, otherwise a very good copy; provenance: D. Hallason, 1853 (gift inscription on front free endpaper).
First edition. 'The notes for this volume were collected during two journeys throught Northern and Western Greece, Albania, and what is now Yugoslavia in 1848 and 1849. Lear's first visit to Corfu took place in 1848 when he stayed with George Bowen [...] of the Ionian University. He then travelled to Constantinople with Sir Stratford and Lady Canning, and on his return overland from Salonica he visited Macedonia and Albania. The second journey took place in April 1849 - Albania, Epirus and Thessaly. According to Field this work contains "fully as detailed an account of Lear's life as appears in his diaries" for this period' (Blackmer).
Abbey, Travel 45; Blackmer 986.